Antony’s speech in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar and the ancient sources
The speeches delivered at Caesar’s funeral by Brutus and Antony in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar are both influenced by the Tudor translation of Appian’s historical work. Possibly Shakespeare also echoes Suetonius’s remark about the lack of a formal laudatio when he has Antony say “I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him”. Appian’s influence is further confirmed by the numerous theatrical features in his rendering of Antony’s speech echoed in Shakespeare as well as by lexical correspondences with Appian’s Tudor translation.
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