Julius Caesar Act I, Scene II
Meanwhile, the crowd in Rome is ecstatic, and they attempt to crown Caesar as king three times. All three times he refuses the crown, though each time with less force. He seems to swoon, and someone watching him reports famously, "But those that understood him smil'd at one another, and shook their heads; but for mine own part, it was Greek to me." Act I, Scene II, Line 279 A soothsayer approaches Caesar as he enters Rome, saying, "Beware the ides of March." Caesar brushes this comment off, saying that he is not a superstitious man. A group of generals in his army becomes concerned about Caesar's power, and his penchant for extreme and tyrannical actions. Cassius and Marcus Brutus hang back from Caesar's crowd, and Cassius presses Brutus for the meaning of his recent gloomy countenance. Brutus evades Cassius' questions until at last he finally admits that he does not feel Caesar will be a good leader of Rome. The conversation progresses, and Cassius and Casca begin a conversation about removing Caesar from power.