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Why does Horatio mention Julius Caesar in Hamlet?

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In act I, the castle guards bring Horatio out on a foggy night to see what they say is a ghost walking the ramparts. The very rational Horatio pooh-poohs the idea of a ghost—until he views it with his own eyes. He then becomes frightened and uneasy.

Seeing the ghost makes the well-educated, upper-class Horatio, friend of Prince Hamlet, think unhappily about what he knows of Ancient Rome. He remembers stories of supernatural sightings that occurred right before the assassination of Julius Caesar, an assassination which triggered a civil war.

Horatio mentions Julius Caesar to the guards because he is...

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