Julius Caesar is a Political Play Essay

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Julius Caesar is a Political Play Have you noticed that all political plays backgrounds are nearly always the same? They all always have a mischievous plot to them. Shakespeare has fitted two years of Julius Caesar's life into just two hours. Julius Caesar is a political and a historical play, so I aim to look at both of the aspects of the play. In my piece of writing I intend to write about the historical background of the play, the main characters, the conspirators and the purpose of the plot. I will write an in depth analysis on the two major political speeches made by Brutus and Mark Anthony, the explanation to political Shakespearean background to political intrigue, in this case Queen…show more content…
Although they did not exist at the start of the empire, Romans felt that one man was needed to act as the leader of the empire. The emperor did not have unlimited power because there were other important figures in the Roman government. Caesar Augustus was one of the most famous Roman emperors. Julius Caesar was also a ruler of Rome, but he ruled as a dictator, not an emperor. Since the Romans did not want one man to make all of the laws, they decided to balance the power of the government between three branches: the executive branch, the legislative branch, and the judicial branch. In the executive branch the two leaders, the consuls, were elected for just one year by the upper class. They supervised the Senate and ordered the Roman army during wars. Other members of the executive branch were the tax collectors, mayors, city police, and other people in positions of power in cities. The most powerful part of the legislative branch was the Senate. The Senate was a group of about three hundred male citizens who owned land. They could tell the consuls how much money they could spend and on what. The consuls appointed these men. The judicial branch had six judges who were elected every two years. They were in charge of deciding punishments that criminals would receive. Their job was similar to the job that judges have today in the United States. In ancient Rome,
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