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Julius Caesar (Bantam Classic) [Kindle Edition]

William Shakespeare , David Bevington , David Scott Kastan
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In this striking tragedy of political conflict, Shakespeare turns to the ancient Roman world and to the famous assassination of Julius Caesar by his republican opponents. The play is one of tumultuous rivalry, of prophetic warnings–“Beware the ides of March”–and of moving public oratory, “Friends, Romans, countrymen!” Ironies abound and most of all for Brutus, whose fate it is to learn that his idealistic motives for joining the conspiracy against a would-be dictator are not enough to sustain the movement once Caesar is dead.

Each Edition Includes:
• Comprehensive explanatory notes
• Vivid introductions and the most up-to-date scholarship
• Clear, modernized spelling and punctuation, enabling contemporary readers to understand the Elizabethan English
• Completely updated, detailed bibliographies and performance histories
• An interpretive essay on film adaptations of the play, along with an extensive filmography

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-8-One of the marks of Shakespeare's greatness is the continued interest in adapting his enduring works. This recording of Julius Caesar is one in a series drawn from Leon Garfield's Shakespeare Stories. Liberally sprinkled with lines from the original play, the recording presents a condensation of all five acts in a little more than an hour. Beginning with a brief biography of the Bard, the recording then offers a thorough but not lengthy overview of the play. All this sets the stage for Simon Russell Beale's well paced narration. This Royal Shakespeare Company veteran moves so skillfully between story text and dialogue that at times it seems as though there are several actors reading. Classic lines such as "Et tu. Brute" and "Friends, Romans, Countrymen " are rendered with fresh vigor. At the conclusion of the play, an article on "Shakespeare Today" offers suggestions to help youngsters have fun with Shakespeare. Short selections of period music make a nice transition between sections of the recording. Though aimed at a middle school audience, both teens and adults will find this presentation a good way to learn about one of the earliest plays performed at the Globe Theatre.
Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


"[An] excellent edition."--Linda Anderson, Virginia Tech

Product Details

  • File Size: 1693 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam Classics; Reissue edition (September 16, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #407,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great edition of a great play March 7, 2006
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed reading this edition of the play. Each scene is proceded by a summary of the secene and followed by commentary on the scene, and there are notes alongside the text explaining unusual words/phrases. As an actor, I have been reading Shakespeare for quite awhile, and I still found this book very helpful. If you are new to reading Shakespeare, I particularly recommend this because you will find it very helpful.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected April 15, 2009
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series is great for students. The books are divided into three sections: the first section is a kind of history of Shakespeare and his plays, the second section is the actual play, and the third section is more of the details of the play,i.e. where the story came from, how it is performed,how to directed the play. All in all it was a great for teaching the works of Shakespeare.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shakespeare Outdoes Himself! April 14, 2000
This was the first play performed at the Globe Theatre. For that reason alone, this play deserves special attention. But the characters, the language, and this interesting situation represent Shakespeare's finest efforts. Cassius is ruthless with a malicious attitude. But he honestly fears what Caesar will do if he is crowned. Brutus is a good and honest man. He contemplates joining Cassius to kill Caesar despite the fact that Caesar loves him as a friend. (In history as well, Caesar was notably kind to Brutus.) But yet he too fears that if Caesar is crowned, Rome will bleed. Mark Antony is convincing as Caesar's loyal aid who SEEMS insignificant at first. But after Caesar is killed, he emerges as the most powerful and intelligent character in the play. What makes this play so phenomenal is that we can easily understand and sympathize with any of these major characters. (Even though they are on opposite sides.) What's left? Only chilling omens like the Soothsayer, the storm, the ghost of Caesar, etc. Only memorable passages like Mark Antony's famous 'honorable' speech. If you like this play, I suggest the B & W version where James Mason does Brutus, John Gielgud does Cassius, and Marlon Brando does Mark Antony.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roman political intrigue meets Elizabethan drama October 27, 2003
By A.J.
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Not much is more sensational than the assassination of a major public figure; reading Act 3, Scene 1 of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar," in which the title character is stabbed and hacked to death by half a dozen conspirators, I feel like I'm depriving myself of a thrilling theatrical spectacle that must be seen to be appreciated. It is not necessary to know much about Caesar to sense the power of the drama; the play provides just enough background and information about Caesar's personality to suggest the reason for his murder and its consequences.
In historical actuality, Caesar's murder was in some ways the pivot around which Rome transformed from a republic into an empire, and the play, which Shakespeare bases faithfully on Plutarch's histories, is ultimately about the political struggle that drives this transformation. The main conspirator against Caesar, and the one to deal him the final blow, is Brutus, who foresees nothing but tyranny if Caesar is made a king. There is something atavistic about his attitude, for he is descended from the family that was instrumental in turning the kingdom of Rome into a republic five centuries earlier.
The scenes leading up to Caesar's murder build with forceful tension.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
It drives me crazy that I am on Amazon's page for the Arden Edition, Third Series of Julius Caesar and most if not all reviews are about a different edition of this play -- everything from the Cliff's Notes to Folger and Cambridge editions.

Like all the Arden Third Series editions I have read, this one is first-rate. The Second Series, not so much (though some were very good -- All's Well That Ends Well, Comedy of Errors, some others), but this one holds its own. Exceptional notes, very well done introduction (read it after you've read the play of course), and the same exceedingly sturdy binding and tough pages that let you spill all the coffee on it you want on it and then drive your car over it and still read it just fine.

I have not read the other more expensive editions of this play, but I've read some of the cheaper ones, and in my opinion this is well worth the extra ten bucks or so. Plus it really will last forever.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
i definitely recommend this book. i am a sophomore in high school, and i usually despise reading shakespearean works, but this book spells out everything for you and has review questions in the back to help you study. A++
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent edition of Julius Caesar September 22, 2003
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When it comes to Shakespeare, there really isn't a discussion about how good the play is...they are all fantastic and are all worth devoting time to read. When you buy, it comes down to the edition. The Folger library is the most obvious choice: they have very detailed introductions and on every left-hand side of the page, they explain certain phrases that have become phased out of the language. They also have a huge library on everything Shakespeare. This edition of Julius Caesar is certainly the best out there, and I reccomend you buy it. Oh, did I mention it's a great play?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful notes
Helpful notes to explain historical context and the vocabulary that we no longer use today. Line numbers coincide with other versions.
Published 3 months ago by LJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar CD (Caedmon Shakespeare)
This is a good CD to use in teaching Julius Caesar in the classroom. It follows the play line for line. The only problem I have with it is the sound quality in certain parts. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Kathleen Getzlaff
5.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar is my favorite!
I absolutely love this play. In fact, I collect different additions of the this play so when I found this one for less than $3 I was so happy! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Lane Cravey
2.0 out of 5 stars Good if you're already familiar with the play
The Kindle version has character names abbreviated and lacks the line notes of a printed version. I was revisiting the play for the first time since high school and found it... Read more
Published 9 months ago by AlyB
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Great condition, perfect for my daughters class. Teacher was requiring the book, and we were worried about finding it in time. We found it and it shipped in amazing time!
Published 9 months ago by Trina Silva-Candela
5.0 out of 5 stars Fills A Critical Need
As a Shakespeare teacher for over fifty years I feel the timidity most of us have about the Bard to be a worldwide cultural tragedy above any other. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bjoerling Idolater
4.0 out of 5 stars Reliable good edition
Arden is a good standard. The textual editing is well-considered, thorough and the notes are good. Original editions (Folio / Quarto) are respected to some degree, and at least... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Leon de Caltecute
4.0 out of 5 stars Delivery
This is my first time ordering from this website. The delivery was timely. The only thing is that this book (edition and author) has many covers to choose from which made it... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Yvonne Visitacion
4.0 out of 5 stars My Granddaughter liked it
My granddaughter had to do an essay on this book. I bought it for her and she enjoyed it. Thank you
Published 11 months ago by Sharon Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Julius Caesar Dover Thrift
The text of Julius Caesar is of course awesome. This version includes some helpful definitions and notes on difficult words and a short introduction to the play that is helpful... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Jessica Davis
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