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The tribunes, Marullus and Flavius, break up a gathering of Roman citizens who seek to celebrate Julius Caesar’s triumphant return from war. The victory is marked by public games in which Caesar’s friend, Mark Antony, takes part. On his way to the arena Caesar is stopped by a stranger who warns that he should ‘beware the ides of March’ (find out more about the ides of March).

Fellow senators, Caius Cassius and Marcus Brutus are suspicious of Caesar’s reactions to the power he holds in the Republic. They fear he will accept offers to become Emperor. Cassius, a successful general himself, is jealous, while Brutus has a more balanced view of the political position. Cassius, Casca, and their allies visit Brutus at night to persuade him of their views, and they plan Caesar’s death. Brutus is troubled but will not confide in his devoted wife, Portia.

On the 15th March Caesar is urged not to go to the Senate by his wife, Calphurnia, who has had dreams that he will be murdered, and she fears the portents of the overnight storms. He is nevertheless persuaded by flattery to go, and as petitioners surround him Caesar is stabbed and dies as Brutus gives the final blow. Against Cassius’s advice Mark Antony is allowed by Brutus to speak a funeral oration in the market place after Brutus has addressed the people of Rome to explain the conspirators’ reasons and their fears for Caesar’s ambition. Brutus calms the crowd, but Antony’s speech stirs them to riot and the conspirators are forced to flee from the city.

Brutus and Cassius gather an army in Northern Greece and prepare to fight the forces led by Mark Antony, who has joined with Caesar’s great-nephew, Octavius, and Lepidus. Away from Rome, Brutus and Cassius are filled with doubts about the future and they quarrel bitterly over funds for their soldiers’ pay. They make up the argument and despite the misgivings of Cassius over the site they prepare to engage Antony’s army at Philippi. Brutus stoically receives news of his wife’s suicide in Rome, but he sees Caesar’s ghost as he rests, unable to sleep on the eve of the conflict.

In the battle, the Republicans at first appear to be winning but when his messenger’s horse seems to be overtaken by the enemy Cassius fears the worst and gets his servant, Pindarus, to help him to a quick death. Brutus, finding Cassius’s body, commits suicide as the only honourable action left to him. Antony, triumphant on the battlefield, praises Brutus as ‘the noblest Roman of them all’, and orders a formal funeral before he and Octavius return to rule in Rome.

And that’s the end of this brief Julius Caesar summary. What do you think – is anything not clear? Let us know in the comments section below!

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Caesar is set upon by senators wearing white on the ides of march, in a key part of the Julius Caesar summary

Caesar is set upon by senators on the ides of March, a key part of the Julius Caesar summary.

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  • Julius Caesar Summary 2 Bulbul says:

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  • Julius Caesar Summary 3 Laura Cave says:

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    • Julius Caesar Summary 4 Patrick Glenn says:

      It’s really not that complicated.
      -Caesar comes back from war triumphant
      -Cassius and Brutus fear he will become too powerful and plot to kill him
      -They allow Mark Antony to speak at his funeral and he rouses a crowd to exile Cassius and Brutus
      -Cassius and Brutus gather an army in northern Greece to retake Rome.
      -Brutus’ wife commited suicide in Rome and Brutus is haunted by the ghost of Caesar.
      -Cassius and Brutus lead their army on Rome, but Cassius commits suicide in fear that they will lose and Brutus follows
      -Mark Antony is victorious and proclaims Brutus a hero before ruling Rome alongside Octavius

  • Julius Caesar Summary 8 sani says:

    short and spicy

  • Julius Caesar Summary 9 EDGAR WILSON S. says:

    good analysis which is very short an clear to understand

  • Julius Caesar Summary 10 shriyash divase says:

    a fantastics summary is this easy to understand..

    • Julius Caesar Summary 11 Hena Mehta says:

      If you have read it then it should be easy

  • Julius Caesar Summary 12 Alwitto John E says:

    Very helpful and really amazing…

  • Julius Caesar Summary 13 aimen says:

    very amazing!do you have more summaries of Shakespeare’s plays?

  • Julius Caesar Summary 14 JAYA PRAKASH NARAYAN says:

    same as in our literature book

    • Julius Caesar Summary 15 John says:

      it should be…otherwise that would be a problem

  • Julius Caesar Summary 11 hena mehta says:

    all the other summaries are very long and take a long time to read and then shorten it and write it down. i love this. thank you very much

  • Julius Caesar Summary 17 Mahmoud Ahmed Moustafa says:

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    • Julius Caesar Summary 18 The Cvcmm says:

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    • Julius Caesar Summary 19 Mindful mentors says:

      I’m an English teacher…this summary is great…it would pass the quizzes.

  • Julius Caesar Summary 20 beth says:

    who is the author?

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    • Julius Caesar Summary 24 Caro71 says:

      Well said

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  • Julius Caesar Summary 27 Usman says:

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  • Julius Caesar Summary 29 Javana Turpin says:

    Awesome review, super short and to the point :)

  • Julius Caesar Summary 30 dhriti says:

    i like this play most as Antony is the funniest and most intelligent person in this full play
    and i think that caesar was the world’s best kng i have a query that is this play real or not

    • Julius Caesar Summary 31 Name says:


      • Julius Caesar Summary 32 Name says:

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    • Julius Caesar Summary 33 razzbaby254 says:

      Yes, this play is most certainly real- it was written by Shakespeare and is among his more famous plays. He coined the line “Et tu, Brutus?” in the murder scene of his drama.

    • Julius Caesar Summary 33 razzbaby254 says:

      Also, if you were wondering if this play is true history, yes, well, in a way. Yes, there was a famous, rich politician-general named Julius Caesar in early Rome. Yes, there was a Brutus. There was a Cassius. The plot line in general of Shakespeare’s play is historically accurate, though needless to say with a good bit of artistic licence. I hope that helps.

  • Julius Caesar Summary 35 Ivanka says: