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“The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves.”

—Cassius, asserting that people direct their own fate, as he begins to persuade Brutus to murder Caesar.

Act 1, Scene 2, lines 147-48. 

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From the Collection

Photograph of NBC crew filming Julius Caesar at the Folger Theatre

The first nationally televised broadcast of a Shakespeare play in the United States was an April 3, 1949 performance of Julius Caesar presented by the Amherst Masquers in the Folger Theatre.

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Read about the performance on Folgerpedia.

Promotional program for MGM’s Julius Caesar

Marlon Brando starred as Marc Antony in this 1953 film of Julius Caesar

Ball Collection, J.C.1953, Folder 3.

Learn about Shakespeare on film on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

Quotation from Julius Caesar in the hand of John Adams

In this late eighteenth or early nineteenth century inscription, John Adams quotes Act 1, scene 2, lines 22-28.


Read about Adams’ manuscript on the Shakespeare and Beyond blog.

Thomas North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives

This 1579 edition of North’s translation of Plutarch’s Lives is a source for Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

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Suetonius’ Historie of twelue Caesars

This volume is a 1606 translation of Suetonius’ Historie of twelue Caesars

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Learn about the “Caesar cipher” and Suetonius’ work on the Shakespeare Unlimited podcast.

We will continue adding more to this page over time. Stay tuned! 


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