Julius Caesar is almost entirely absent from Julius Caesar. He appears in person in only three scenes of a play that is ostensibly named after him, and is killed during the third of them. Even when he is present on the stage, he seems to be mostly enacted upon by others, despite his own protestations to the contrary, his fixation upon his seemingly unassailable position at the apex of Roman society notwithstanding. The rest of the play is concerned with the struggle over the Roman state precipitated by his death, pointing to a deep concern with the implications of his demise that go well beyond the immediate effects of his brief appearances.
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