By Mya Gosling
OK! Julius Caesar is over, the dust has settled, and it’s time to look back at what REALLY happened during the play. Let’s start off with some good old death and marriage totals:
Some points of note:
- Flavius and Murellus, who pull scarves off of Caesar’s statues in the first scene, are reported as being “put to silence”, which sure sounds like they’ve been executed. However, historically they were apparently just stripped of their titles as tribunes. So they might not actually be dead.
- Brutus and Messala’s letters don’t agree on how many senators were killed along with Cicero; Brutus’s letter says 70, Messala’s says 100. I’m only counting Cicero, the only executed senator whose name we know. The other gets lumped under “plus assorted…” at the end.
- No marriages. That’s how you know it’s REALLY not a comedy.
Tune in next week, when we’ll sum up the entire play in a single page for those of you who haven’t been paying attention!