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Marcus Brutus   


himself had the impudence to boast, through the rhetoric and
cleverness of Theodotus. Not long after, when Caesar came to Egypt,
some of the murderers received their just reward and suffered the evil
death they deserved. But Theodotus, though he had borrowed on from
fortune a little further time for a poor, despicable, and wandering
life, yet did not lie hid from Brutus as he passed through Asia; but
being seized by him and executed, had his death made more memorable
than was his life.
About this time, Brutus sent to Cassius to come to him at the city
of Sardis, and, when he was on his journey, went forth with his
friends to meet him; and the whole army in array saluted each of
them with the name of Imperator. Now (as it usually happens in
business of great concern, and where many friends and many
commanders are engaged), several jealousies of each other and
matters of private accusation having passed between Brutus and
Cassius, they resolved, before they entered upon any other business,
immediately to withdraw into some apartment; where, the door being
shut and they two alone, they began first to expostulate, then to
dispute hotly, and accuse each other; and finally were so
transported into passion as to fall to hard words, and at last burst
out into tears. Their friends who stood without were amazed, hearing
them loud and angry, and feared lest some mischief might follow, but
yet durst not interrupt them, being commanded not to enter the room.
However, Marcus Favonius, who had been an ardent admirer of Cato, and,
not so much by his learning or wisdom as by his wild, vehement manner,
maintained the character of a philosopher, was rushing in upon them,
but was hindered by the attendants. But it was a hard matter to stop
Favonius, wherever his wildness hurried him; for he was fierce in
all his behaviour, and ready to do anything to get his will. And
though he was a senator, yet, thinking that one of the least of his
excellences, he valued himself more upon a sort of cynical liberty
of speaking what he pleased, which sometimes, indeed, did away with
the rudeness and unseasonableness of his addresses with those that
would interpret it in jest. This Favonius, breaking by force through
those that kept the doors, entered into the chamber, and with a set
voice declaimed the verses that Homer makes Nestor use-

"Be ruled, for I am older than ye both."

At this Cassius laughed; but Brutus thrust him out, calling him
impudent dog and counterfeit Cynic; but yet for the present they let
it put an end to their dispute, and parted. Cassius made a supper that
night, and Brutus invited the guests; and when they were set down,
Favonius, having bathed, came in among them. Brutus called out aloud
and told him he was not invited, and bade him go to the upper couch;
but he violently thrust himself in, and lay down on the middle one;
and the entertainment passed in sportive talk, not wanting either
wit or philosophy.
The next day after, upon the accusation of the Sardians, Brutus
publicly disgraced and condemned Lucius Pella, one that had been
censor of Rome, and employed in offices of trust by himself, for
having embezzled the public money. This action did not a little vex
Cassius; for but a few days before, two of his own friends being
accused of the same crime, he only admonished them in private, but
in public absolved them, and continued them in his service; and upon
this occasion he accused Brutus of too much rigour and severity of
justice in a time which required them to use more policy and favour.
But Brutus bade him remember the Ides of March, the day when they
killed Caesar, who himself neither plundered nor pillaged mankind, but
was only the support and strength of those that did; and bade him
consider that if there was any colour for justice to be neglected,
it had been better to suffer the injustice of Caesar's friends than to
give impunity to their own; "for then," said he, "we would have been
accused of cowardice only; whereas now we are liable to the accusation

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