The Wars of Pompey and Caesar

or, Caesar and Pompey

a play by George Chapman

first published 1631


About the Play

Little is known about the writing or performance of this work, which survives in editions dated 1631 and 1653.

This play's first edition was published with two different title pages: one calls it “The Wars of Pompey and Caesar,” the other “Caesar and Pompey: A Roman Tragedy.” Caesar and Pompey was a popular subject and title for early English playwrights; for a discussion of the different plays published or attested to under this title, see the entry for Caesar and Pompey (1607).


Known Editions

  • The Warres of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By G.C. London: Printed by Thomas Harper, and are to be sold by Godfrey Emondson, and Thomas Alchorne. 1631

    This edition was printed with two different title pages, here listed separately.

  • Caesar and Pompey a Roman tragedy, declaring their warres. Out of whose euents is euicted this proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By George Chapman. London: Printed by Thomas Harper, and are to be sold by Godfrey Edmonson, and Thomas Alchorne. 1631

    This edition was printed with two different title pages, here listed separately.

  • Caesar and Pompey: a Roman Tragedy, Declaring Their Warres. Out of Whose Events Is Evicted This Proposition. Only a Just Man Is a Freeman. As it Was Acted At the Black-fryers. Written by George Chapman. 1653


References from Secondary Sources

  • Walter Wilson Gregg, A List of English Plays (1900)

    The Warres of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By G. C. Thomas Harper, sold by Godfrey Emondson, and Thomas Alchorne. M.DC.XXXI. The author's name appears in full at the end of the Dedication. Bodl. Dyce.

    [Another issue.] Caesar and Pompey: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their Warres. Out of whose euents is euicted this Proposition. Only a iust man is a freeman. By George Chapman. Thomas Harper sold by Godfrey Emondson and Thomas Alchorne. M.DC.XXXI. The sheets of the above issued with a different titlepage. B.M. (C. 30. e. 6). Bodl.

    [Another issue.] As it was Acted at the Black-Fryers. Written by George Chapman. Printed in the Yeare 1653. By the true Copie. The sheets of the above re-issued with a new titlepage. B.M. (E. 714. (17)). Dyce. T.C.C.

  • James O. Halliwell, A Dictionary of Old English Plays (1860)

    CAESAR AND POMPEY. A Roman Tragedy, declaring their wars, out of whose events is evicted this proposition, only a just man is a free man. By Geo. Chapman. 4to. 1631. The plot of this play is taken from the Roman history. Scene, Rome and Pharsalia. In some copies the titlepage runs thus: “The Warres of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose events,” &c. This was perhaps a second title-page, issued for some trade reason. Reprinted in 4to, 1653.

    THE WARRES OF POMPEY AND CAESAR. By G. Chapman. This is the title of the second edition, 1631, of the tragedy of Caesar and Pompey.

  • William Carew Hazlitt, The Play-Collector's Manual (1892)

    Caesar and Pompey: A Roman Tragedy, declaring their wars, out of whose events is evicted this proposition, only a just man is a free man. By Geo. Chapman. 4to, 1631, 1653.

    The plot of this play is taken from the Roman history. Scene, Rome and Pharsalia. In some of the copies of 1631 the title-page runs thus: “The Wars of Pompey and Caesar. Out of whose events,” etc.

    The Wars of Pompey and Caesar: See Caesar and Pompey.