Donald R. McClarey

Ides of March: Julius Caesar

Fate has a way of picking unlikely material, Greasy-haired second lieutenants of French artillery, And bald-headed, dubious, Roman rake-politicians. Stephen Vincent Benet   I think it would have amused the Romans of Caesar’s generation if they could have learned that

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Donald R. McClarey

On Caesar

  Caesar was and is not lovable. His generosity to defeated opponents, magnanimous though it was, did not win their affection. He won his soldiers’ devotion by the victories that his intellectual ability, applied to warfare, brought them. Yet, though

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Remember General Trimble!

The battle was over and we had won it handsomely. General Ewell moved about uneasily, a good deal excited, and seemed to me to be undecided what to do next. I approached him and said: “Well, General, we have had

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Ides of March: Cato the Younger

And, in general, Cato thought he ought to take a course directly opposed to the life and practices of the time, feeling that these were bad and in need of great change. Plutarch, Life of Cato the Younger    

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Ides of March: Two Antonies

        I think it would have amused the Romans of Caesar’s generation if they could have learned that the assassination of Julius Caesar would eventually receive immortality through a play written more than 16 centuries after the

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Ides of March: Continuing Fascination

CASSIUS Stoop, then, and wash. How many ages hence Shall this our lofty scene be acted over In states unborn and accents yet unknown! BRUTUS How many times shall Caesar bleed in sport, That now on Pompey’s basis lies along

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Ides of March: The Noblest Roman of Them All

This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he, Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. Mark

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Ides of March: Brutus

This was the noblest Roman of them all: All the conspirators, save only he,  Did that they did in envy of great Caesar; He, only in a general honest thought And common good to all, made one of them. Mark

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