CAESAR AND POMPEY,
circa 1592circa 1596
Along with Sempronius, Achillas is ordered by Ptolemy to murder Pompey when he reaches shore, and is himself therefore killed by Caesar.
Antony, Caesar's loyal supporter, crowns him after the battle of Pharsalia. He then accompanies him to Egypt, where he too is struck by Cleopatra's beauty, and after the departure from Egypt he does little but lament her loss, until his Genius rouses him. He mourns Caesar's death and, after initially opposing Octavian, joins with him to seek revenge at the prompting of Caesar's ghost.
An Augur warns Caesar not to go to the Senate.
Spared by Caesar after the defeat at Pharsalia, Brutus lives to fight another day. He breaks the news of Pompey's defeat to his former followers. Persuaded by Cassius to act against Caesar, he detains Antony while Caesar enters the Senate, and then gives Caesar his death stroke. After the defeat at Philippi he kills himself.
Bucolian helps stab Caesar.
Having just won the battle of Pharsalia as the play opens, Caesar then travels to Egypt, where he promises to restore Cleopatra to her throne, and then falls in love with her, though little is made of this. Returning to Rome, he is murdered. He later returns as a ghost, describes the underworld, reconciles Octavian and Antony, and haunts Brutus.
Caesar's wife Calphurnia warns him that her dreams presage ill if he goes to the Senate.
Though the speech prefix impossible reads "Caes," it must be Casca who joins Cicero in lamenting Pompey's fall.
Cassius enters the play at the beginning of the third act after Discord has apostrophised him and predicted that he will kill Caesar. He declares that he has vowed revenge to Pompey's soul. He begins by persuading Brutus to action, then assures Caesar that it is safe for him to enter the Senate. Thinking Brutus already dead, he kills himself after the defeat at Philippi.
Having failed to prevent his father's suicide, Cato Junior fights on the side of Brutus and Cassius at the battle of Philippi, where he is killed.
Cato Senior advises his son Cato Junior to show strength of mind although Rome's liberty is lost, and then stabs himself. Cato Junior returns and apparently persuades his father to seek help, but as soon as Cato Junior leaves to seek it Cato Senior stans himself again, this time fatally.
Cicero laments the fall of Pompey but then also laments at Caesar's funeral.
Having persuaded Caesar to restore her to the Egyptian throne, Cleopatra, a ravishing blonde, then discovers that he has fallen in love with her.
Cornelia, Pompey's wife, wants to land in Egypt with him after the defeat at Pharsalia, but is persuaded to remain on the ship for safety. Seeing Pompey's murder from the deck, she stabs herself.
Cumber, a supporter of Brutus and Cassius who regrets the fall of Pompey, helps stab Caesar. This is presumably the character more often known as "Cimber," but though his name does once appear as "Camber," it is never "Cimber."
Discord enters at the beginning of every act to sum up the situation and outline what is going to happen.
Dolabella consistently supports and flatters Caesar, although he laments the necessity for civil war.
A "ghost character." mentioned by Caesar as having been implicated in Pompey's murder and as having himself been killed for it.
Antony's good genius enters to reproach him for moping over Cleopatra and warns that she will prove fatal to him.
An unnamed lord (or possibly there is more than one) praises Caesar for his victory at Pharsalia and accompanies him to Egypt, where he comments detachedly on Cleopatra's power over men. Later he encourages Caesar to think himself the equal of a king.
Octavian vows revenge after Caesar's death and, with Antony, defeats the forces of Brutus and Cassius at Philippi.
Escaping after his defeat at the battle of Pharsalia, Pompey flees to Egypt, where Ptolemy has him murdered.
A "ghost character." Ptolemy orders the murder of Pompey and is therefore himself killed by Caesar.
Two Romans greet and praise Caesar on his return to Rome and subsequently lament at his funeral.
Posted along with Achillas to murder Pompey, Sempronius reflects that he has served Pompey in the past, but has no qualms about changing sides. He is the first to stab Pompey. Caesar has him killed.
An unspecified number of soldiers fight at Philippi.
Titinnius laments with Brutus and Pompey after the defeat at Pharsalia. After Caesar's funeral he warns Brutus of the mood of the people, and after the defeat at Philippi he brings Cassius word that Brutus still lives, but is too late to prevent Cassius's suicide, and therefore kills himself.
Trebonius laments the death of Pompey and supports Brutus and Cassius.
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