The Roman plays are different from each other. Julius Caesar raises questions about government, rebellion, loyalty, and rhetoric. Coriolanus abounds in powerful characters and demanding themes. The great Antony and Cleopatra is a tragic love story on many levels, combining history and politics with powerful unforgettable characters. All are distinguished by great poetry. Some film versions of the plays will be included. Recommended text: Any good text of Shakespeare’s plays.
Mario Di Cesare (firstname.lastname@example.org), retired Distinguished Professor of Literature, taught many years, mainly at SUNY Binghamton. He is the author/editor of twenty books and many articles. His interests include classical, modern, and Renaissance literatures, especially Herbert, Milton, and Shakespeare.