Julius Caesar

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This article is about Shakespeare's play. For other uses, see Julius Caesar (disambiguation).

Julius Caesar, one of William Shakespeare's plays, may have been written as the first of his plays to be performed at the Globe, in 1599. For it, he turned to a key event in Roman history: Caesar's death at the hands of friends and fellow politicians. Renaissance writers disagreed over the assassination, seeing Brutus, a leading conspirator, as either hero or villain. Shakespeare's play keeps this debate alive.

Julius Caesar was printed in the 1623 First Folio. Sources include North's translation of Plutarch's Lives.[1]

Productions at the Folger

Early editions

First Folio

LUNA: First Folio: 2k1r - 2l5v
Hamnet: STC 22273 Fo. 1 no. 68

Second Folio

LUNA: Second Folio: 2l5r - 2n3v
Hamnet: STC 22274 Fo. 2 no. 07

Modern editions

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Julius Caesar can be read online with Folger Digital Texts and purchased from Simon and Schuster.

Hamnet link to Folger Edition: PR2753 .M6 2004 copy 2 v.8

In popular culture


The Folger owns at least 75 stand-alone translations of Julius Caesar in various languages (not including collected works). Cataloging of these works is ongoing as of early 2015, and many have full-level catalog records, but some works still have only partial records. Translations can be found Hamnet in by searching for "Translations"in the Genre/Form Term field, or by searching the Call Number (Left-Anchored) field for call numbers starting with PR2796 (see the list of Sh.Col. translations call numbers for specific language call numbers). Since not all translations are fully cataloged, some items may only turn up in one of these searches.

Performance materials

Other media

Audio edition

Julius Caesar Audio Edition from Simon & Schuster is available as an audio download.

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Julius Caesar Todd Scofield
Mark Antony Zach Appelman
Brutus Anthony Cochrane
Cassius Louis Butelli
Casca Pomme Koch
Calpurnia Julie Ann Elliott
Portia Emily Trask
Octavius Caesar William Vaughn
Trebonius Cody Nickell

Other parts were played by members of the cast.

Directed by Robert Richmond.

Music performed by Rebecca Sheir, vocals; Doug Wilson, trumpet; and Eric Shimelonis, strings, piano, and percussion.

In partnership with Simon & Schuster Audio.

Image Group

Explore the curated image group for Julius Caesar in the Folger digital image collection.

Content Advisory: this image group contains representations of injuries with blood and suicide.


  1. Adapted from the Folger Library Shakespeare edition, edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine. © 1992 Folger Shakespeare Library.