An anachronism is an error of chronology in a literary work, meaning something that is out of time or place in the setting. William Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar" has multiple anachronisms. The most prominent example is a mechanical clock. The mention of a doublet is another anachronism.Continue Reading
In the second act of the play, Brutus and Cassius are plotting Julius Caesar's assassination, and the clock strikes three during their discussion. The play "Julius Caesar" is set in 44 A.D., before mechanical clocks were invented, though they were used in Shakespeare's time. During the Roman era, people used sundials to tell the time, which do not make a noise. Scholars have argued that this anachronism is not a mistake but instead is a device used to underline the extent of Julius Caesar's power. In Shakespeare's time, people tracked the passage of time with the Julian calendar, created by Julius Caesar. By devising his own calendar, he was interfering with time, which was seen as a sign that he was too powerful for the good of the nation. However, this is just one interpretation of the clock in "Julius Caesar."
A doublet, a close-fitting jacket, was a fashion wore by men during Shakespeare's time but was not worn by Romans at the time the play is set.Learn more about Ancient Rome
Julius Caesar entered into a career as a Roman politician; he conquered vast areas of land, expanding the Roman Empire and eventually became a dictator of Rome. Julius Caesar was born in the city of Rome on July 12, 100 B.C. Although Caesar accomplished much from his personal qualities, such as perseverance and intelligence, his upbringing in a well-off family gave him an advantage.Full Answer >
The plot to assassinate Julius Caesar involved up to 60 men, and the conspiracy was led by Cassius Longinus and Marcus Brutus, Caesar's brother-in-law. Caesar was attacked and stabbed to death on March 15, 44 B.C. as he walked into a meeting of his senate.Full Answer >
Julius Caesar's rise to power began with his military service, after which he returned to Rome and began a career in politics. His military exploits and political skills led to his raising of a private army to defend Rome against the king of Pontus in 74 B.C. A later appointment as quaestor and other governmental positions, including the governship of a Spanish province, consul and then a military victory in Egypt, led to Caesar being declared dictator for life and earned him the title of Father of his Country.Full Answer >
Julius Caesar was 53 years old when he became dictator of Rome in 47 B.C. While he was initially made dictator for a 10-year term of office, he was appointed dictator for life in 44 B.C.Full Answer >