Julius Caesar

Octavius Caesar Character Analysis

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Caesar's nephew and adopted heir. He is young and inexperienced when he returns to Rome as an ally of Antony's after Caesar's death—he protests Antony's plan to betray Lepidus, and is initially outmaneuvered by Brutus at Philippi. After the events of Julius Caesar, however, Octavius eventually overcomes both Lepidus and Antony (as Shakespeare dramatized in his play Antony and Cleopatra) and rules alone and very successfully as Augustus Caesar.
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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 5, scene 1
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Brutus and Cassius speak with Antony and Octavius before the battle. They taunt each other. Brutus and Cassius call Octavius young and inexperienced,... (full context)