chapter  5
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The Death of a Shifter: Jupiterian History in Julius Caesar

As far as Shakespeare is concerned, the question "What comes after political theology" seems simple enough. After Richard II comes Julius Caesar as the first of what should amount to a "Roman Trilogy" including Coriolanus and Antony and Cleopatra. Within the Shakespeare canon, this constellation raises some follow-up questions, notably with regard to Hamlet where a certain Claudius looms large, and there are also Titus Andronicus and Cymbeline at the beginning and the end of Shakespeare's career to be taken into account, but all of this should fall nicely into place, as soon as we have a fixed point of interest to distinguish the tragical English histories up to Richard II from the Roman tragedies that followed with Julius Caesar, immediately after the cycles of the English histories of civil war and succession had been brought to an end.