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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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Some Unexpected Refusals

Some Unexpected Refusals

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(p.314) Chapter 36 Some Unexpected Refusals
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Julius Caesar
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Luciano Canfora, Julian Stringer
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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748619368.003.0036

Having related the reconciliation of Brutus and Cassius, Plutarch informs us that both began to get in touch with their friends. But he really only relates the steps taken by Brutus. According to Plutarch, Brutus received only two notes: both from persons who had had very close ties to Cato and would later die at Philippi in the republican ranks — Statilius and Favonius. Favonius, the fanatical Catonian, said that ‘civil war is worse than illegal monarchy’. Statilius was scornful, and said that ‘it did not become a wise and sensible man to be thrown into turmoil and peril for the sake of feeble and foolish folk’.

Keywords:   Julius Caesar, Brutus, Cassius, Plutarch, Statilius, Favonius, Cato, civil war

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