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date: 15 September 2019

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The inheritance of Roman history was pervasive in Shakespeare’s day, but complex and ambiguous. Shakespeare’s plays respond to this legacy in increasingly sophisticated ways, not only in those plays based directly on the history of Rome. The Roman plays, especially those drawn from Plutarch, show a distinctive and historically novel interest in the relation between individual action and constitutional change in periods of political crisis.

Keywords: Rome, history, character, politics, biography, Plutarch. Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus

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