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Julius CaesarThe People's Dictator$
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Luciano Canfora

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780748619368

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.001.0001

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A Conspirator's Realism: Cassius Settles for the Second Rank

A Conspirator's Realism: Cassius Settles for the Second Rank

(p.311) Chapter 35 A Conspirator's Realism: Cassius Settles for the Second Rank
Julius Caesar
Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
Edinburgh University Press

Plutarch presents the reconciliation of Brutus and Cassius in his Life of Brutus. Cassius is driven to make peace by one politically decisive consideration: everyone he approaches with the proposal of a violent attempt to eliminate Caesar replies that he would be party to it only if Brutus were to take the lead. Should Brutus refuse, then any such enterprise must be considered a failure, precisely because Brutus had rejected it. This is why Cassius decided to restore the contact with Brutus that had been broken off when he found himself competing with him for the praetorship.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Cassius, Brutus, Plutarch, Life of Brutus, praetorship

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