Enter Flavius, Marullus, and certain Commoners,
[including a Carpenter and a Cobbler,] over the stage.
Hence! Home, you idle creatures, get you home!
Is this a holiday? What, know you not,
Being mechanical, you ought not walk
Upon a laboring day without the sign
Of your profession?--Speak, what trade art thou? 
Why, sir, a carpenter.
Where is thy leather apron and thy rule?
What dost thou with thy best apparel on?--
You, sir, what trade are you?
Truly, sir, in respect of a fine workman, I am 
but, as you would say, a cobbler.
But what trade art thou? Answer me directly.
A trade, sir, that I hope I may use, with a safe
conscience, which is indeed, sir, a mender of bad
What trade, thou knave? Thou naughty knave, what
Nay, I beseech you, sir, be not out with me.
L to R: Julius Caesar and Marcus Junius Brutus, the two towering figures in this play.
After Peter Paul Rubens, Twelve Famous Greek and Roman Men, 1630s. © The Trustees of the British Museum.
Note the laurel wreath on Caesar's head, signifying war victory. His most recent win, a civil-war victory in a fight against the Roman leader Pompey, is celebrated in this scene by some, but not all Romans, introducing the conflict that pervades the play.