Julius Caesar in the Roman Empire

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Gaius Cassius Longinus, Marcus Junius Brutus, and Marcus Antonius were three key factors during the time of Julius Caesar in the Roman Empire. Cassius and Brutus were the two main conspirators against Caesar, and Brutus was even the one who assassinated him. Unlike the two of them, Marcus Antonius, Mark Antony, was one of Caesar’s right hand men and won many battles for him, including one against Cassius. While Brutus and Cassius were at the head of the freight train that was headed for Caesar, Antony stood firm, however helpless it seemed, with Caesar until they failed on March 15, 44 BC when Caesar was killed.
The exact date of the birth of Gaius Cassius Longinus is unknown, but it was before 85 BC, so little is known of his early life.
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Since Brutus’ mother was now Caesar’s lover, he was released from captivity and became a member of the senior priesthood of the pontifices. From 47 to 45, he governed Cisalpine Gaul (now northern Italy) for Caesar (biographybase.com). Caesar appointed him as praetor of the city along with Gaius Cassius Longinus and named, in advance, them as consuls of 41. After Cato died in 46, Brutus married Porcia, Cato’s daughter.
For all of Brutus’ life, he felt optimistic about Caesar’s plans but was flabbergasted when “Caesar made himself perpetual dictator and was deified” as best stated by britannica.com. Always conscious of his descent from Lucius Junius Brutus, who was said to have driven the Etruscan kings from Rome, Brutus joined Cassius and other leading senators in the plot that led to the assassination of Julius Caesar on March 15, 44 BC (britannica.com). Brutus and Cassius were then forced to leave Rome by the people but remained in Italy until Mark Antony kicked the out. The two traveled to Greece where they were assigned provinces in the east by the senate. Slowly they took over all of the land east of Rome (that means the armies and the treasuries). Brutus took all of the wealth he had and turned it into Roman gold/silver coins which he imprinted his face on. In the latter half of 42 BC, Brutus and Cassius fought Mark Antony and Octavian (later emperor Augustus) in two battles near Philippi, Greece. Cassius had his freedman kill
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