Marcus Antonius (Julius Caesar) As immortalized in Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, Marcus Antonius is a Roman general and trusted friend of Julius Caesar who steps in to maintain the stability of the empire upon Caesar’s assassination, in his famous “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears...” speech. He goes on to form a triumvirate with Caesar’s nephew, Octavian, and another general, Marcus Lepidus, dividing the control of the Roman Empire among them. To Marcus Antonius falls Egypt – where is the beauteous Cleopatra. It may be argued that Shakespeare’s Anthony and Cleopatra gives us the more intriguing side of Marcus, a more mature man, Cleopatra’s lover, co-ruler of Egypt, and eventual fellow suicide. As is so often the case, love aces politics, and Anthony crosses Octavian for love of a woman, with disastrous results.
Marcus Brutus (Julius Caesar) Marcus Brutus is the real protagonist of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, a study of the psychological journey of a man from betrayal to redemption. Once a close friend of Julius Caesar, Marcus Brutus is convinced by Cassius that Caesar means to make himself monarch, and joins the assassination conspiracy. He does so not out of power hunger but out of patriotism, and is appalled when he learns of the naked ambitions and bribe taking of the other conspirators. Reconciled with Cassius on the eve of battle against Octavian and Anthony, Marcus Brutus commits suicide after losing the battle. It is Marcus Antonius who extols Brutus in the final moments of the play as ”The noblest Roman of them all…”
Dub' Marcus Say - a song by Steel Pulse
Marcus Garvey - a song by Burning Spear
Marcus Said - a song by Sloan
Them Never Love Poor Marcus - a song by Mighty Diamonds
Marcus Garvey: Black Nationalist Leader (John Davenport) - A biography of the black leader who started a "Back-to-Africa" movement in the United States, believing blacks would never receive justice in countries with a white majority. Recommended for ages young adult.
Famous People Named Marcus - Marcus Aurelius (2nd century Roman Emperor); Marcus Garvey (black leader); Marcus Allen (football player) Marcus Antonius (Mark Antony, Roman Emperor); Marcus Camby (basketball player)
Famous People who Named their Son Marcus - Brigitte Nielsen (actress); Michael Jordan (basketball player)
Marcus Garvey (17 Aug 1887 – 10 Jun 1940) - Marcus Garvey was born in Jamaica in 1887 as one of eleven children to a mason worker and a domestic helper. He gained a love of reading through a large library of books owned by his father. Garvey received a formal education up to the age of 14, and eventually became a printing apprentice. After joining a printers strike, he was black-listed in his trade and went onto travel in Central America. It was during these travels that Garvey became convinced that uniting Blacks was the only way to improve their condition. He was a staunch proponent of the Black Nationalism and Pan-Africanism movements, which inspired him to found the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL) – under which he promoted the return of Blacks to their ancestral Africa. This led to “Garveyism” – a philosophy that spread globally and focused on the economic empowerment of Africa and called for the Black redemption of the continent followed by the exit of colonial powers. Garveyism reached both the Nation of Islam and the Rastafarians (which proclaims Marcus Garvey as a central prophet of their movement). He is still heralded as a national hero in Jamaica and revered by blacks and white alike for his tireless fight against oppression.