Allow me to step away from Romeo for a moment to share a video The Guardian uploaded last week of Damian Lewis just slaying Antony’s eulogy of Caesar.

If you teach Julius Caesar, you’ll definitely want to fold Mr. Lewis into your Act 3, Scene 2 lessons. To help you out, here’s a free copy of Marc Antony’s funeral oration with space for students to annotate along with a key of my thoughts you could project as an annotation model or just use as lecturer prep if you’re new to the play.

Student handout:

Annotated version:

If you need more, I have three additional annotated speeches and a bunch of other high-interest lessons in my 5-week unit of Julius Caesar materials located here.

Random trivia: In addition to being an accessible Antony, Damian Lewis was also Lord Capulet in the 2013 version of Romeo & Juliet. He also played Nicholas Brody in Homeland, starring opposite of…wait for it…Claire Danes, who played Juliet in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet (1996). Shazam!

Thanks to my teacher bestie Annette A. for sharing the video link.

Teach on, everyone!

Join the conversation! 4 Comments

  1. That clip gave me chills. I teach middle school and love it, but that one clip could send me packing for a nearby high school just for the remote chance of being able to show it and teach it. ELA nerd to the end!


  2. Jennifer,
    I know, right? The monologue builds so beautifully and the intensity of the last minute just stops my breath. Open note to the BBC: Julius Caesar is ripe for a remake and The Guardian has found your Antony. Make it so!


  3. Wow, what a great version! I agree; Caesar IS due for a remake! My sophomores wanted one, too.


  4. Here, here, Kelsey! Let’s start a campaign!


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