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There have been many heroic honorable charismatic characters through Shakespeares play Julius Caesar Many can be named such as the well acclaimed Cassius or the reputable Antony but the most respectable venerable character of them all has to be Marcus Junius Brutus better known as Brutus He was a trustworthy loyal politician and close friend of Julius Caesar the dictator of the Roman Empire He was undoubtedly the driving force behind the conspiracy that other politicians and Brutus himself put into motion Brutus was a Roman politician of the late Roman Republic Born early June 85 BC he was the son of Marcus Junius Brutus the Elder and he held his uncle Quintus Servilius Caepio in high regard His uncle adopted him in about 59 BC and for a short period of time Brutus was known as Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus before reverting to his birth name His political career began when he became an assistant to Cato the Younger a politician and statesman He gained a small fortune by lending money at high rates of interest while in Cyprus He returned to Rome a rich man and married Claudia Pulchra With his first appearance in the Senate Brutus sided with the Optimates against the First Triumviate When civil war erupted in 49 BC between two of the First Triumvirate Pompey and Caesar Brutus followed his old enemy Pompey After the Battle of Pharsalus occurred Brutus wrote a letter to Caesar asking for forgiveness and Caesar instantaneously forgave him Soon Caesar accepted him as one their own and nominated him to serve as urban praetor or military commander the following year Around 44 BC many politicians began to fear Caesar might erupt into a tyrant and utterly take over Rome as a dictator and be the cause for Romes downfall Brutus was persuaded by other conspirators such as Cassius and Casca into conspiring against Caesar
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