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Höfele, Andreas (2016): Beware the ides of March: Shakespeare and the nineteenth-century Caesar myth. In: Cahiers Elisabethains, No. 90: pp. 69-84

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Emerson declared the nineteenth century's speculative genius' to be a sort of living Hamlet'. But the century that was virtually obsessed with Shakespeare's melancholy Dane was no less fascinated by Julius Caesar. This fascination was directed at the historical Caesar, of course, but it drew on and was shaped by Shakespeare's Roman tragedy. This paper explores two German engagements with the Caesar myth: the hugely successful productions of Julius Caesar by the famous touring theatre company of the Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and Friedrich Nietzsche's Shakespearean reflexions in Ecce Homo.

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