Quotations from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar in Latin

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A full bilingual edition of the play is available here.

The new preface is available here.


Henry Denison's Latin translation of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar can serve as phrase-book for progressing Latinists. Here is a sampling of some famous citations.



Men at some time are masters of their fates. The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

Singuli nos nostrae ipsorum fortunae aliquando imperamus. Non astra, mi Brute, sed nosmet ipsi inculpandi, si inferiores existimus.

Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.

Timidi saepius, fortes semel tantum, mortem subeunt. Equidem vehementer admirari soleo qui sit iste hominum metus; quippe mors, terminus inevitabilis, suum sibi tempus habet.

Cry havoc and let slip the dogs of war!

Cladem proclamabit, Bellonaeque canes in praedam immittet.

Beware the ides of March.

Idus caveto Martios.

Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears;
I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him;
The evil that men do lives after them,
The good is oft interred with their bones,

Amici, Cives, Quirites, commodate mihi aliquantisper aures vestras: adsum ut efferam Caesarem, non ut laudem. Quae male homines fecerint, mortuis supersunt; quae bene, simul cum ossibus sepulcro abscondi solent.

There is a tide in the affairs of men
which, taken at the floud, leads on to fortune
ommitted, all the voyage of their lives
are bound in shallows and in miseries

Quippe in rebus humanis, ut in mari, inest aestus: cui si, sursum adhuc fluenti, te commiseris, in Fortunam provectus eris; si refluenti, inter vada et angustias nunquam non navigandum erit.






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