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Two tribunes, Flavius and Murellus, find scores of Roman citizens
wandering the streets, neglecting their work in order to watch
Julius Caesar's triumphal parade: Caesar has defeated the sons of the
deceased Roman general Pompey, his archrival, in battle.
The tribunes scold the citizens for abandoning their duties
and remove decorations from Caesar's statues. Caesar enters
with his entourage, including the military and political figures
Brutus, Cassius, and Antony. A soothsayer calls out to Caesar
to "beware the ides of March," but Caesar ignores him and proceeds
with his victory celebration.

Cassius and Brutus, both longtime intimates of Caesar and each other,
converse. Cassius tells Brutus that he has seemed distant lately;
Brutus replies that he has been at war with himself. Cassius
states he wishes Brutus could see himself as others see him,
for then Brutus would realize how honored and respected he is.

Brutus says the fears that the people want Caesar to becoming king,
which would overturn the republic. Cassius concurs that
Caesar is treated like a god though he is merely a man, no better
than Brutus or Cassius. Cassius recalls incidents of Caesar's physical
weakness and marvels that this fallible man has become so powerful.


He blames his and Brutus's lack of will for allowing Caesar's rise
to power:surely the rise of such a man cannot be the work of
fate. Brutus considers Cassius's words as Caesar's returns.
Upon seeing Cassius, Caesar tells Antony that he deeply distrusts
Cassius. Caesar departs, and another politician, Casca, tells
Brutus and Cassius that, during celebration, Antony offered the crown
to Caesar three times and the people cheered, but Caesar refused it
each time.

He reports that Caesar then fell to the ground and had some
kind of seizure before the crowd; his demonstration of weakness,
however, did not alter the plebeians' devotion to him. Brutus goes home
to consider Cassius's words regarding Caesar's poor qualifications to
rule, while Cassius hatches a plot to draw Brutus into a conspiracy
against Caesar.

That night, Rome is plagued with violent weather and a variety of bad
omens and portents. Brutus finds letters in his house apparently wrriten
by Roman citizens worried about Caesar has become to powerful. The
letters have in fact been forged and planted by Cassius, who knows
that if Brutus believes it is the people's will, he will support a
plot to remove Caesar from power.


A committed supporter of the republic, Brutus fears the possibility of
a dictator-led empire, worrying that the populace would lose its
voice. Cassius aarrives at Brutus's home with his conspirators, and
Brutus, who has already been won over by the letters, takes control
of the meeting. The men agree to lure Caesar from his house and kill
him. Cassius wants to kill Antony too, for Antony will surely try to
hinder their plans, but Brutus disagrees, believing that too many
deaths will render their plot too bloody and dishonor them.

Having agreed to spare Antony, the conspirators depart. Portia, Brutus's
wife, observes that Brutus appears preoccupied. She pleads with him
to confide in her, but he rebuffs her. Caesar prepares to go to the
Senate. His wife, Calpurnia, begs him not to go, describing recent
nightmares she has had in which a statue of Caesar streamed with
blood and smiling men bathed their hands in the blood.

Caesar refuses to yield to fear and insists on going about his daily
business. Finally, Calpurnia convinces him to stay home - if not out
of caution, then as a favor to her. But Decius, one of the
conspirators, then arrives and convinces Caesar that Calpurnia has
misinterpreted her dreams and the recent omens.

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