Julius Caesar, written by William Shakespeare, is widely believed to have first been put on stage in 1599. It deals with the life of the Roman politician Julius Caesar, and in particular with his death.
While a lot of this play is fictional, as it was never intended to be a true account of history, there are also many non-fictional events and people in this play. The very man mentioned in the title, for example, is a historical figure: Julius Caesar was born in 100 BC, and died in 44 BC.
His death, as portrayed in the play, is also a historical fact, as Julius Caesar was indeed murdered by people who opposed him and wanted to put an end to his successful career. It is said that Caesar had become increasingly arrogant and almost a megalomaniac, which made people dislike him and see him as a threat. This can be seen in both the play as well as in historic reports. In addition to this, it is known that Julius Caesar did indeed die on the Ides of March (March 15th), another historical fact we encounter in Shakespeare’s play. The fact that Brutus was involved in his killing is also historically accurate. Furthermore, both in reality as well as in the play, Brutus and Cassius had to flee Rome after Caesar’s assassination.
Another true historical event mentioned in Shakespeare’s play is Caesar’s triumph over Pompey, known as the battle of Pharsalus.