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Julius Caesar

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Was Shakespeare Catholic? The religious views of William Shakespeare are the subject of an ongoing scholarly debate dating back more than 150 years. Many scholars have speculated about his personal religious beliefs, based on analysis of the historical record and of his published work, more and more scholars are accepting claims that Shakespeare's family may have had Catholic sympathies and that he himself was a secret Catholic.

Was this master of the English language made such through the grace of his Catholic faith? We invite you to reread Shakespeare through this lens and discover a wealth of insights into some of the greatest works and stories of the English language. 

About Julius Caesar: Though a staple in high school English classes, Julius Caesar is not a simple play. Seemingly irreconcilable forces are at work: fate and free will, the changeableness and stubbornness of ambitious men, the demands of public service and the desire for private gain. Drawn from history as recorded by Plutarch, the major characters-Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, and Mark Antony-are complex, as are the twists and turns of their fortunes. What kind of man rises to power? What price does he pay when he becomes a politician? These questions raised by Shakespeare are relevant in every age, whether ancient Rome, Elizabethan England, or even in our own day.

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