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19+Julius+Caesar+1 - Julius Caesar (1599) Politics and...

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Julius Caesar (1599) Politics and Tragedy in the New Globe Theatre
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Sources • Plutarch,  Parallel Lives of the Noble  Grecians and Romans  (Plutarch CE 46-120) • “Englished” by Thomas North in 1579 • Other source histories: Suetonius • Caesar,  Gallic Wars
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Sandro Botticelli, Lucretia, ca 1500 ( Lucius Junius Brutus 509 BCE)
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Republicanism and Renaissance Humanism • There is one safeguard left to save the  world from shipwreck, and that is that the  tyranny of those in power should be kept  in bounds by a proper agreement and  mutual understanding between citizens and  between states.  It is a matter of first  importance to destroy this tyranny. . . . O  extinct line of Brutus!  O thunderbolt of  Jove, either blunted or blind!  ––  Erasmus,  Adages
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Erasmus, Anonymous Epigram to Pope Julius II (1511) You are clearly a second Julius.  …  He too snatched  his tyrannical power by foul means.  It pleased him,  just as it recently pleased you, to break faith in  order to extend his rule.  …  He filled the whole  world with slaughter, war, and bloodshed; in this  too you are a second Julius. . . . Only one thing  remains, then, that would make you a complete  Julius: that some Brutus should turn up for you.
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Vindiciae Contra
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