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Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0484  Thursday, 13 March 2003

From:           Colin Cox <
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Date:           Wednesday, 12 Mar 2003 09:52:03 -0800
Subject: 14.0463 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0463 Re: Julius Caesar's Protagonist

>"Were they blood brothers, or was "brother" being used as an honorific in
>this case?"

Cassius married Brutus' half-sister, Junia. Actually this connection
gives more fuel to Cassius' fire. It was rumoured Servilia, Brutus'
mother and mistress to Caesar (he gave her a pearl worth more than a
million denarii!), had permitted Caesar to seduce her daughter Junia,
Cassius' wife!

Cassius does refer to Brutus as a brother. In IV,ii,37 he tells Brutus
"Most noble brother, you have done me wrong."

Also in III, I,175 Brutus may be referring to Cassius as a brother in
his line to Anthony. "Of brother's temper, do receive you in."

Cheers,
Colin Cox
Artistic Director
Will & Company

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