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1
Roman and Elizabethan Politics
  • Why do we have to know this?
  • How does it relate to Julius Caesar?

2
Why do we have to know this?
  • When discussing Julius Caesar, you must know a
    little about the politics of Ancient Rome and
    Shakespeares Elizabethan England in order to
    understand the point behind the plot.

3
Why do we have to know this? -Roman Politics
  • In the time of Ancient Rome (which is when Julius
    Caesar takes place), Rome was known as a
    republic.
  • A republic is a form of government that is
    largely ruled by a Senate 300 politicians (known
    as patricians) that are wealthy landowners
    elected by the people.
  • The Senate in a republic is like the supreme
    court of our own society the patricians serve
    for life and have the power to decree and
    interpret laws.

4
Why do we have to know this? -Roman Politics
  • The people who werent patricians were referred
    to as plebians the merchants, artisans, and
    farmers who made up most of the population.
  • The patricians and plebians of the republic were
    fearful of a king figure since the governments
    purpose was to embody the wants and needs of the
    people.
  • The patricians were most scared of a king or
    dictator because they would lose their influence
    on the state.
  • Can you predict why there is a plot to kill
    Caesar?

5
Why do we have to know this?-Elizabethan
Politics
  • In Shakespeares Elizabethan England, the
    government was quite different from Republic
    Rome it was a monarchy, or a government ruled by
    a king and/or queen.
  • The most important thing about this form of
    government was the belief in primogeniture.
  • Primogeniture is the right of the eldest child,
    especially the eldest son, to inherit the entire
    estate, or country in the state of royalty, of
    one or both parents.

6
Why do we have to know this?-Elizabethan
Politics
  • Elizabeth I was the queen at this time. She was
    the most popular and arguably the best monarch
    England ever had.
  • She was a monarch in almost every sense of the
    term she controlled Parliament, made the
    Protestant religion (her religion) the national
    religion, and reformed how the lower class and
    middle class were treated by the upper class.

7
How does this all relate to Julius Caesar?
  • Julius Caesar is about the assassination of a
    ruler and the chaos that follows when there is no
    known heir to take over.
  • What ends up happening is that an evil,
    power-hungry triumvirate (three-person ruling
    class) comes into power by election of the people.

8
How does this all relate to Julius Caesar?
  • In England during Shakespeares time, Elizabeth I
    was known as the Virgin Queen because she had no
    husband or children.
  • Many people in England were afraid that once
    Elizabeth died, the country would be in chaos
    because there was no known heir to the throne and
    bad rulers would rise to power, just like in
    Julius Caesar.
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