The Oxford Shakespeare: Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare
Edited by Arthur Humphreys
Published by Oxford University Press

As Shakespeare's shortest play, Julius Caesar is an enduring analysis of conspiracy, betrayal and assassination. Published by Oxford University Press.

The tragedy of an ‘honourable’ man who discovers too late that the consequences of a single act of violence cannot be predicted or controlled, Julius Caesar is relevant to this day. With Caesar’s triumphant return from the Civil War, Brutus fears that his friend may become a tyrant and dismantle the Republic. Even if Brutus’ motives are worthy, a potent mixture of resentment and lust for power are the real inspiration for the actions of his fellow conspirators. 

The most famous of Shakespeare’s Roman tragedies, this play was written in 1599, and is believed to be one of his most popular works among his contemporaries. It contains some of the playwright’s greatest scenes, from Antony’s masterful speech at Caesar’s funeral, to the conflict and reconciliation between Brutus and Cassius, brought by the news of Portia’s death.

264 pages
Printed on Caxton Wove Off-White paper
Bound in buckram with a printed paper label
Coloured endpapers
Spine blocked in gold
Head and tail bands
8¾” x 5½”
Published by Oxford University Press

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