Octavius is Caesar's nephew and adopted heir. He is young and inexperienced when he returns to Rome as an ally of Antony after Caesar's death—he protests Antony's plan to betray Lepidus, and he is initially outmaneuvered by Brutus at Philippi. After the events of the play, however, Octavius eventually overcomes both Lepidus and Antony (as Shakespeare dramatized in his play Antony and Cleopatra) and rules successfully as Augustus Caesar.
Octavius Caesar Character Timeline in Julius Caesar
The timeline below shows where the character Octavius Caesar appears in Julius Caesar. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act 3, scene 1
Act 3, scene 2
...afoot; / Take thou what course thou wilt.” Meanwhile, the servant returns and reports that Octavius is now in Rome, and that Brutus and Cassius have fled the city. Antony attributes... (full context)
Act 4, scene 1
Act 4, scene 3
...grief—Portia is dead. She killed herself by swallowing coals when she feared that Antony and Octavius would defeat Brutus. Cassius is horrified; Brutus doesn’t want to discuss it further. They drink... (full context)
Titinius and Messala enter, and the men compare notes regarding the advance of Octavius and Mark Antony. Messala reports that Octavius, Antony, and Lepidus are reported to have executed... (full context)
Act 5, scene 1
Act 5, scene 2
Act 5, scene 3
Act 5, scene 5