Does Julius Caesar confirm the famous saying, "power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely"?

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The play does indeed support the idea that "absolute power corrupts absolutely," but this theme is not developed through the character of Julius Caesar; it is developed through Antony's character.

Following Caesar's brutal murder on the floor of the Roman Senate, Antony burns to avenge his friend's betrayal. He vows to bring down Brutus and the other conspirators, regardless of the cost to the Roman people caught in the crossfire. His motive is honorable: loyalty to one he loved.

However, after driving Brutus and the others out of Rome and assuming power himself, Antony's character undergoes definite change. He forms an alliance of equals with Octavius and Lepidus, but he makes it clear to Octavius privately that Lepidus will not share in the spoils of war. He will be used and cast aside. Furthermore, Antony leads Octavius in creating a "hit list" of 100 Roman Senators to purge any potential political opposition.

Although Antony's character was admirable and sympathetic at the time of...

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