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

Edited by Luciano Canfora and Julian Stringer

in Julius Caesar

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780748619368
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670734 | DOI:
A Conspirator's Realism: Cassius Settles for the Second Rank

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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

Chapter.  1159 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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