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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Translation Table of Contents

“Beware the Ides of March!” the Soothsayer warns Caesar in one of Shakespeare’s most famous lines. In Julius Caesar, a historical tragedy, Shakespeare recounts the fall of one of Ancient Rome’s most famous generals, who was instrumental in creating the Roman Empire. Brutus and Cassius hatch a deadly plot against Caesar, and not even Caesar’s champion, Mark Antony, can save him. Julius Caesar features political rivalry and intrigue, and culminates with Antony and Octavius’ final triumph over the rebellious plotters. The Shakescleare modern English translation of Julius Caesar will help you understand the play’s most notable lines, like “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, / But in ourselves” and Antony’s famous speech “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears.”

Act 1, Scene 1

The Roman commoners celebrate Caesar's military triumph. Flavius and Murellus argue with them.

Act 1, Scene 2

A soothsayer warns Caesar. The people offer kingship to him. Cassius tries to convince Brutus to join a murderous plot.

Act 1, Scene 3

Casca and Cicero discuss bad omens seen around Rome. The conspirators meet and decide to try again to enlist Brutus.

Act 2, Scene 1

Brutus deliberates with himself about killing Caesar. The conspirators arrive and he agrees to the plan to kill Caesar.

Act 2, Scene 2

Calphurnia tries to convince Caesar not to go to the Senate, which he considers, before Decius convinces him to go.

Act 2, Scene 3

Artemidorus reads aloud a letter he has written to warn Caesar about the conspirators. He plans to deliver it to Caesar.

Act 2, Scene 4

Portia asks Lucius to see what is happening at the Senate. She meets the soothsayer.

Act 3, Scene 1

The conspirators kill Caesar. Brutus and Antony agree to each deliver speeches to explain the murder to the public.

Act 3, Scene 2

Brutus speaks first and wins over the crowd. Antony speaks second and the crowd turns on the conspirators, who flee.

Act 3, Scene 3

A poet named Cinna is mistaken for the conspirator of the same name. The mob kills him.

Act 4, Scene 1

Caesar's loyal followers--Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus--prepare to hunt down the conspirators.

Act 4, Scene 2

Brutus and Cassius gather their armies, even though Cassius is upset with Brutus.

Act 4, Scene 3

Cassius and Brutus are reconciled. Portia and Cicero's deaths are announced. Caesar's ghost visits Brutus.

Act 5, Scene 1

The two armies' generals meet before returning to their men. Brutus and Cassius prepare themselves for battle.

Act 5, Scene 2

The battle between the conspirators and Caesar's supporters begins.

Act 5, Scene 3

Cassius' side has been overrun, and he orders Pindarus to kill him. Brutus' side has done well in battle. Titinius dies.

Act 5, Scene 4

Brutus urges his men to fight hard. Young Cato is killed. Lucillius pretends to be Brutus to deceive Antony's soldiers.

Act 5, Scene 5

Brutus' army faces defeat. Brutus convinces a friend to help him commit suicide. Antony and Octavius win the battle.
Ben florman
About the Translator: Ben Florman

Ben is a co-founder of LitCharts. He holds a BA in English Literature from Harvard University, where as an undergraduate he won the Winthrop Sargent prize for best undergraduate paper on a topic related to Shakespeare.