• Flourish Enter CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, PUBLIUS, and POPILLIUS LENA with a crowd of people, including ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER

    CAESAR

    (to the SOOTHSAYER) The ides of March are come.

    SOOTHSAYER

    Ay, Caesar, but not gone.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    (offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.

    DECIUS

    (offering CAESAR another paper)
    5Trebonius doth desire you to o'er-read,
    At your best leisure, this his humble suit.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    O Caesar, read mine first, for mine’s a suit
    That touches Caesar nearer. Read it, great Caesar.

    CAESAR

    What touches us ourself shall be last served.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    10Delay not, Caesar. Read it instantly.

    CAESAR

    What, is the fellow mad?

    PUBLIUS

    (to ARTEMIDORUS)    Sirrah, give place.

    CASSIUS

    (to ARTEMIDORUS)
    What, urge you your petitions in the street?
    15Come to the Capitol.
  • A crowd of people enters, among them ARTEMIDORUS and the SOOTHSAYER. A trumpet plays. CAESAR, BRUTUS, CASSIUS, CASCA, DECIUS, METELLUS, TREBONIUS, CINNA, ANTONY, LEPIDUS, POPILLIUS, PUBLIUS, and others enter.

    CAESAR

    (to the SOOTHSAYER) March 15th has come.

    SOOTHSAYER

    Yes, Caesar, but it’s not gone yet.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    (offering his letter) Hail, Caesar! Read this schedule.

    DECIUS

    (offering CAESAR another paper) Trebonius wants you to look over his humble petition, at your leisure.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    Oh, Caesar, read mine first, for my petition affects you more directly. Read it, great Caesar.

    CAESAR

    Whatever pertains to myself I will deal with last.

    ARTEMIDORUS

    Don’t delay, Caesar. Read it instantly.

    CAESAR

    What, is the man insane?

    PUBLIUS

    (to ARTEMIDORUS) Stand aside, you.

    CASSIUS

    (to ARTEMIDORUS) What? Are you pressing your petition on the street? Go to the Capitol.