The Rape of Lucrece

Tarquinius Sextus was the Etruscan Prince who with the help of his father, Tarquinius Superbus inadvertently helped to abolish the monarchy in Italy by his excessive pride and sexual appetite. His sexual violation of Lucretia, which later in the 16th century appears to be the inspiration for one of Shakespeare’s rhyme royale (“Rape of Lucrece”),Continue reading “The Rape of Lucrece”

“Beware the Ides of March”

When writing the play “Julius Caesar”, William Shakespeare must have been aware that the Roman Empire, as it then stood, had already reached the zenith of its expansion east and west and was actually in the process of decline. From the internal wrangling of internecine conflicts portrayed in Julius Caesar the scene switches in AnthonyContinue reading ““Beware the Ides of March””