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Thoughts on Titus Andronicus?
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what shakespeare text do you generally use?
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I personally own this version:

William Shakespeare: The Complete Works, Deluxe Edition [Leatherbound]


For use on this site, however, I generally go to Shakespeare Online, because it’s easy to share the text from their site.  It’s usually pretty complete, too.

I can’t speak for my other two moderators, but that’s how I get my Bard fix!

Thanks for the question!


Et tu, Brute? (Julius Caesar, 3.1.77)
i.e., You too, Brutus?

from Shakespeare Online

The Quotation in Context

Caesar and his train approach the Senate. He sees the soothsayer in the crowd and confidently declares, “The ides of March are come” (1). “Ay, Caesar; but not gone” (2), replies the soothsayer. Artemidorus is also on the street and he pleads with Caesar to read his scroll. But Caesar ignores him and enters the Senate. Cassius approaches him with a request to overturn a previous ruling and let a banished countrymen return home. Caesar answers with a flavoured speech, informing Cassius that “I was constant Cimber should be banish’d/And constant do remain to keep him so” (72-3).

The conspirators gather around Caesar and he sees his trusted friend Brutus among them. They pull out their swords and stab Caesar. With his dying breath Caesar addresses Brutus, “Et tu, Brute? Then fall, Caesar!” (77). Caesar falls lifeless upon the pedestal of Pompey’s statue. Cinna rejoices, crying, “Liberty, Freedom! Tyranny is dead!” (78). Those who have witnessed the assassination flee the Senate and Trebonius reports to Brutus and Cassius that Antony has fled to his house in shock and people run through the streets, “As it were doomsday” (98). Brutus tells the other assassins to bathe their hands and swords in Caesar’s blood and walk outside, proclaiming peace, freedom, and liberty.

The History of the Quotation

Professor George L. Craik, in his comprehensive philological commentary on Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, explains:
The only ancient authority, I believe, for this famous exclamation is in Suetonius, I. 82, where Caesar is made to address Brutus (And thou too, my son?). It may have occurred as it stands here in the Latin play on the same subject which is recorded to have been acted at Oxford in 1582; and it is found in The True Tragedy of Richard Duke of York, printed in 1600, on which the Third Part of King Henry VI is founded, as also in a poem by S. Nicholson, entitled “Acolastus his Afterwit,” printed the same year, in both of which contemporary productions we have the same line: “Et tu, Brute? Wilt thou stab Caesar too?”

It may just be noted, as a historical fact, that the meeting of the Senate at which Caesar was assassinated was held, not, as is here assumed, in the Capitol, but in the Curia in which the statue of Pompey stood, being, as Plutarch tells us, one of the edifices which Pompey had built, and had given, along with his famous theatre, to the public….The mistake which we have here is found also in Hamlet, where (iii.2) Hamlet questions Polonius about his histrionic performances when at the University: “I did enact Julius Caesar,” says Polonius; “I was killed in the Capitol; Brutus killed me;” to which the Prince replies, “It was a brute part of him to kill so capital a calf there” (191).


Mabillard, Amanda. The History and Context of “Et tu, Brute?”.Shakespeare Online. 20 Aug. 2006. <>

Craik, George L. The English of Shakespeare. London: Chapman and Hall, 1857.

The Death of Julius Caesar by Vincenzo Camuccini (1771 - 1884)

  • CAESAR Doth not Brutus bootless kneel?
  • CASCA Speak, hands for me!
  • [CASCA first, then the other Conspirators and BRUTUS stab CAESAR]
  • CAESAR Et tu, Brute! Then fall, Caesar!
  • [Dies]
  • CINNA Liberty! Freedom! Tyranny is dead!
  • Run hence, proclaim, cry it about the streets.
  • CASSIUS Some to the common pulpits, and cry out
  • 'Liberty, freedom, and enfranchisement!'
  • BRUTUS People and senators, be not affrighted;
  • Fly not; stand stiff: ambition's debt is paid.

place where Julius Caesar was stabbed.

This is the monumental complex in Torre Argentina (Rome), where Julius Caesar was stabbed.

Credit: Antonio Monterroso/CSIC

Archaeologists believe they have found the first physical evidence of the spot where Julius Caesar died, according to a new Spanish National Research Council report.

Caesar, the head of the Roman Republic, was stabbed to death by a group of rival Roman senators on March 15, 44 B.C, the Ides of March. The assassination is well-covered in classical texts, but until now, researchers had no archaeological evidence of the place where it happened.

Now, archaeologists have unearthed a concrete structure nearly 10 feet wide and 6.5 feet tall (3 meters by 2 meters) that may have been erected by Caesar’s successor to condemn the assassination. The structure is at the base of the Curia, or Theater, of Pompey, the spot where classical writers reported the stabbing took place.

"We always knew that Julius Caesar was killed in the Curia of Pompey on March 15th 44 B.C. because the classical texts pass on so, but so far no material evidence of this fact, so often depicted in historicist painting and cinema, had been recovered,” Antonio Monterroso, a researcher at the Spanish National Research Council, said in a statement.

Classical texts also say that years after the assassination, the Curia was closed and turned into a memorial chapel for Caesar. The researchers are studying this building along with another monument in the same complex, the Portico of the Hundred Columns, or Hecatostylon; they are looking for links between the archaeology of the assassination and what has been portrayed in art.

"It is very attractive, in a civic and citizen sense, that thousands of people today take the bus and the tram right next to the place where Julius Caesar was stabbed 2,056 years ago," Monterroso said.

Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer  

  • CAESAR (To the Soothsayer) The ides of March are come
  • Soothsayer Ay, Caesar; but not gone.