Julius Caesar | Critical Essay by Jan H. Blits

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of Julius Caesar.
This section contains 7,990 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Maynard Mack

Critical Essay by Jan H. Blits

SOURCE: “Politics and the Ethics of Intention: Brutus' Glorious Failure,” in The End of the Ancient Republic: Essays on ‘Julius Caesar,’ Carolina Academic Press, 1982, pp. 39-61.

In the following essay, Blits studies the motivations of Brutus, and finds that in his inability to reconcile virtue and political action, Brutus ultimately fails to realize his idealized intentions for Rome.

Edward Gibbon, the historian of Rome, begins his study of Brutus by drawing attention to the wide discrepancy between his illustrious reputation for patriotic virtue and his actual contribution to his country:

The memory of Caesar, celebrated as it is, has not been transmitted down to posterity with such uniform and encreasing applause as that of his Patriot Assassin. Marc Antony acknowledged the rectitude of his Intentions. Augustus refused to violate his Statues. All...

(read more)

This section contains 7,990 words
(approx. 27 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Maynard Mack