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Julius Caesar | Scene Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • Before March 15

    Feast of Lupercal; Caesar returns to Rome after defeating Pompey and refuses crown.

    Act 1, Scene 2
  • Early March 15

    Cassius enlists the conspirators, including Brutus.

    Act 2, Scene 1
  • Early March 15

    Caesar ignores warnings and goes to the Capitol.

    Act 2, Scene 2
  • Midday March 15

    The conspirators assassinate Caesar.

    Act 3, Scene 1
  • Late March 15

    Brutus gives funeral speech.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Late March 15

    Antony gives funeral speech.

    Act 3, Scene 2
  • Before Battle of Philippi

    Caesar's ghost appears to Brutus.

    Act 4, Scene 3
  • During Battle of Philippi

    Cassius kills himself on the battlefield.

    Act 5, Scene 3
  • During Battle of Philippi

    Brutus kills himself on the battlefield.

    Act 5, Scene 5
  • During Battle of Philippi

    Antony and Octavius declare victory in battle.

    Act 5, Scene 5

Scene Summaries Chart

Scene Summary
Act 1, Scene 1 Roman general Julius Caesar is returning home in triumph. He has defeated the general Pompey in war. It's the Feast of L... Read More
Act 1, Scene 2 Julius Caesar enters for his celebratory parade through Rome. His entourage includes his wife, Calphurnia, and his frien... Read More
Act 1, Scene 3 Thunder and lightning fill the sky in Rome. Cicero meets Casca on the street, and Casca describes the terrifying sights ... Read More
Act 2, Scene 1 Brutus is in his orchard, where he's spent the night awake and worried. His servant Lucius tells him it's March 15. He r... Read More
Act 2, Scene 2 Caesar, in his home, prepares to go to the Capitol. The storm is still raging, and Calphurnia had cried out "They murder... Read More
Act 2, Scene 3 Artemidorus, a teacher of rhetoric, reads a letter aloud on the street near the Capitol. The letter names all the conspi... Read More
Act 2, Scene 4 Portia asks the servant Lucius to go to the Senate and report back on Brutus and Caesar. She wants to know which men sur... Read More
Act 3, Scene 1 Caesar and the senators/conspirators, along with others, enter the Capitol. Caesar asserts, "The Ides of March are come,... Read More
Act 3, Scene 2 The Roman people (the plebeians) fill the Forum, the public gathering space, crying for answers about Caesar's death. Br... Read More
Act 3, Scene 3 As he walks to Caesar's funeral, Cinna the poet thinks of a dream he had earlier. He dreamed that he dined with Caesar a... Read More
Act 4, Scene 1 Antony, Octavius, and Lepidus meet privately at a house in Rome. They review a list of Romans and mark the names of indi... Read More
Act 4, Scene 2 Brutus has fled Rome and is in a camp near Sardis, preparing for battle. He wants to speak to Cassius, but fears Cassius... Read More
Act 4, Scene 3 Brutus and Cassius talk in Brutus's tent. Cassius is upset with Brutus for condemning a soldier (Lucius Pella) who took ... Read More
Act 5, Scene 1 Octavius and Antony arrive at Philippi. Octavius is surprised to see the opposing forces advance. Antony thinks they adv... Read More
Act 5, Scenes 2–3 Brutus and Messala charge into battle. Brutus plans to attack Octavius, in whom he perceives a lack of spirit. Cassius a... Read More
Act 5, Scene 4 Battle begins again. When Brutus's servant Lucilius meets the enemy, he claims to be Brutus. He wants to be taken prison... Read More
Act 5, Scene 5 Brutus regroups with the soldiers Dardanius, Clitus, Strato, and Volumnius after a harrowing day on the battlefield. Whe... Read More
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