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William Shakespeare (April 1564-1616) was an English poet and playwright, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's preeminent dramatist.

Julius Caesar died in Rome, Roman Republic on this day in 44 BC (aged 55).

Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
Caesar. What man is that?
Brutus. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Caesar. Set him before me; let me see his face.
Cassius. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
Caesar. What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.
Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
Caesar. He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
--from "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" [Act I, Scene 2] (1599)

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Roman general Gaius Julius Caesar died in Rome, Roman Republic on this day in 44 BC (aged 55).

Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
Caesar. What man is that?
Brutus. A soothsayer bids you beware the ides of March.
Caesar. Set him before me; let me see his face.
Cassius. Fellow, come from the throng; look upon Caesar.
Caesar. What say'st thou to me now? speak once again.
Soothsayer. Beware the ides of March.
Caesar. He is a dreamer; let us leave him: pass.
--from "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar" [Act I, Scene 2] (1599)

We read Shakespeare line by line for his supernatural mastery of all the poetic resources of the English language, and play by play for his utterly human, utterly intimate feeling for our condition as individuals and as social beings. Through these works, which deal with the transcendence and the corruption of love, the exigencies of power, the domination of fate, and the algebra of human need, an entire civilization has come to understand its character and its destiny. READ more here: [ Penguinrandomhouse.com Link ]

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