Julius Caesar | Critical Essay by John W. Velz

This literature criticism consists of approximately 18 pages of analysis & critique of Julius Caesar.
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Critical Essay by John W. Velz

SOURCE: “Orator and Imperator in Julius Caesar: Style and the Process of Roman History,” in Shakespeare Studies, Vol. XV, 1982, pp. 55-75.

In the following essay, Velz delineates the combined influence of oratory and command on Roman history in Julius Caesar.

Among the sigla of Roman life in Julius Caesar, two, oratory and the role of the imperator, have been seen by commentators only fractionally.1 Discussion of oratory has focused on the Forum speeches of Act III, Scene ii without cognizance of the numerous other formal discourses, primarily deliberative, that dominate the first half of the play and are distantly echoed in the epideictic oratory of Act V.2 Discussion of “Caesarism” has focused on Caesar himself—pompous, fallible, illeistic3—without recognition that his imperiousness is conveyed by his grammatical...

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