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date: 16 September 2019

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Screen adaptations of the Roman plays have given rise to two narrative groupings: Coriolanus and Titus, which have been adapted as individual Shakespearean texts; and Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, which have been serialized or conflated, giving the impression that the two plays cannot stand as autonomous works. This conflation of Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra may stem from a desire for a restoration (or celebration) of national identity through the appropriation of Roman imagery and cycles of epic history. By contrast, Titus and Coriolanus rewrite less conspicuous landmarks of Roman history, giving directors more freedom to set the plays in different places and times and to introduce imagery that unmoors the stories from their Roman contexts.

Keywords: Shakespeare, Roman plays, series, serialization, conflation, autonomy, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Titus Andronicus

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