The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0455 Tuesday, 7 March 2000.
Date: Monday, 06 Mar 2000 11:02:51 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Julius Caesar
Roy, I don't know what the "Caesar joke" is, but I wonder if the focus
is on the initials JC? Like Christ, Caesar can be seen as either a
megalomanic or the greatest of all me. Like Christ, Caesar speaks in
pithy "parable-like" sentences. Like Christ, Caesar "comes back from the
dead." Like Christ, his birth is strange and miraculous. Like Christ,
he is surrounded by disciples who "betray" him. Like the gospel writers,
Antony quickly makes Caesar into a mythic figure. And so forth.
After just having written the major histories, which posit that the real
past is often unknowable, in Julius Caesar, Shakespeare may be
meditating on the origins of belief and the difficulty, even if you were
there, of deciding who JC is and what his story means.