Julius Caesar is one of the most influential and important figures in literature. He was a Roman general, politician, statesman, and writer who lived from 100 BC to 44 BC. He played an integral role in transforming Rome from a republic into an empire. In addition to his political accomplishments, he is remembered for his writings on military tactics as well as for inspiring some of the greatest works of literature ever written.
One of the most famous works inspired by Julius Caesar is William Shakespeare's play "The Tragedy of Julius Caesar." This play focuses on the events leading up to and following Caesar's assassination at the hands of Brutus and other senators in 44 BCE. The play follows characters such as Marc Antony, Cassius Longinus, Portia Cimbera, and Calpurnia Pisonis, among others, as they each deal with their own personal struggles while struggling against or alongside each other for power over Rome after Caesar's death. Through this work, Shakespeare conveys many themes, including loyalty vs. betrayal, ambition, fate vs. free will, justice, etc., all of which can be attributed back to real-life decisions made by Julius himself throughout his life that ultimately lead him down a path towards tragedy despite being surrounded by greatness and success prior to it all culminating together near his end.
In addition to Shakespeare's work, various authors have drawn inspiration from Caesar's life story since then, both directly through writing about him or more indirectly through creating stories based around similar motifs found within his tale itself, i.e., Colleen McCullough's Masters of Rome series (1990), George Orwell's Animal Farm (1945), and Robert Harris' Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome (2006), just to name a few. It goes without saying that even today we continue drawing upon these themes when discussing topics such as politics or leadership, largely in part because they remain relevant even centuries later when looking back at history, especially where Julius Caesar is concerned.