The first tragedy to be played in the new Globe Theatre, Julius Caesar is set at a crucial turning point in Roman history, as the Republican gives way to the imperial. Safely removed in time and place from Shakespeare’s Elizabethan England, Rome makes the perfect laboratory for the playwright’s free-ranging political analysis.
This fully annotated version of Julius Caesar makes the play completely accessible to readers in the twenty-first century. It has been carefully assembled with students, teachers, and the general reader in mind. Eminent linguist and translator Burton Raffel offers generous help with vocabulary and usage of Elizabethan English, pronunciation, prosody, and alternative readings of phrases and lines. His on-page annotations provide readers with all the tools they need to comprehend the play and begin to explore its many possible interpretations.
“The latest in Yale’s Annotated Shakespeare series are two of the old boy’s greatest hits [The Merchant of Venice and Julius Caesar]. Besides the scholarly texts, these include lists of suggested further reading, essays, and more. Fab for the price.”—Library Journal
Selected by the Association of American University Presses as an Outstanding Book for Public and Secondary School Libraries, 2007