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Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar

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Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar. / Holderness, G.; Nevitt, M.

Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays. ed. / H. Zander. 1. ed. New York : Routledge, 2006. p. 257-271.

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Harvard

Holderness, G & Nevitt, M 2006, Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar. in H Zander (ed.), Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays. 1 edn, Routledge, New York, pp. 257-271.

APA

Holderness, G., & Nevitt, M. (2006). Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar. In H. Zander (Ed.), Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays (1 ed., pp. 257-271). Routledge.

Vancouver

Holderness G, Nevitt M. Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar. In Zander H, editor, Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays. 1 ed. New York: Routledge. 2006. p. 257-271

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Holderness, G. ; Nevitt, M. / Major among the minors: a cultural materialist reading of Julius Caesar. Julius Caesar: New Critical Essays. editor / H. Zander. 1. ed. New York : Routledge, 2006. pp. 257-271

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