So said Brutus as he drove his blade into the body of Julius Caesar. “Thus to all tyrants”.
Brutus was hailed as the noblest of the assassins of Caesar, who was motivated by the good of the state and not by personal desires. Still, was he exactly happy that his mother was mistress to the great JC?
Ultimately Brutus paid dearly for his defense of the Republic. He was defeated in the final battle of the wars of the second triumvirate, losing to combined forces of Anthony and Octavian. When he lost Second Philippi Brutus took his own life.
Brutus had two of his men brace his sword while he ran himself on to it. His final words were “By all means must we fly; not with our feet, however, but with our hands”. And then he called out “Zeus! Judge the authors of these crimes.”
Oct 23rd, 42BC.