Brutus and Cassius commit suicide
By Ellie Zhang

    Phillippi, March 19 – More deaths follow a few days after Caesar’s death. His conspirators, Brutus and Cassius, were both killed. Cassius, because of a misunderstanding, asked his servant to kill him, and Brutus, who committed suicide, believed Caesar’s ghost was telling him it was his time to die.
According to sources present, back at camp, right before his death, Pindarus gave Cassius a report. He advised Cassius to run to somewhere distant, but Cassius refused. He then noticed a group of burning tents and a series of advancing troops in the distance and instructed Titinius to find out whose troops they were.
 Worried about Titinius, Pindarus was sent by Cassius to monitor Titinius’s progress. Pindarus reported back to Cassius, describing Titinius surrounded by unknown men cheering. Upset by the news of what he believed was his best friend’s death, he commanded Pindarus to come back. Cassius gave Pindarus his sword, covered his own face, and demanded Pindarus to kill him. Pindarus accommodated his request and killed Cassius.
    “Caesar, thou art revenged/ Even with the sword that killed thee,” (Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Act V, scene 3, lines 50-51) was his last remark. When Titinius found out about the news, he mourned over Cassius’s body. Feeling miserable, he stabbed himself and died.
Following Cassius’s death, Brutus and his army continued preparing for the battle. In the end, Brutus asked for someone to hold his sword so that he could run against it and kill himself. He said he saw the Ghost of Caesar appear on the battlefield. He believed that his time had come to die. When his men urged him to run, he declined and told them he would catch up with them. He asked Strato to stay behind and hold the sword so that he could die honorably. Impaling himself on the sword, Brutus declared, “Caesar, now be still/ I killed not thee with half so good a will,” (Act V, scene 5, lines 56-57).
    Amid alarms signaling the rout of Brutus’s army, Octavius, Messala, Antony, Lucilius, and others entered and came upon Strato with Brutus’s body. “This was the noblest Roman of them all,” declared Antony. He believed all of the other conspirators attacked Caesar because of personal envy, but Brutus alone believed it was for the good of Rome. Octavius agreed to an appropriate funeral for Brutus to honor him and gave orders to end the battle.
Citizens wreaked havoc throughout the city trying to look for the conspirators who killed Caesar. The conspirators were driven out of Rome, so they set up camps and prepared for the battle.
 During one confrontation between Brutus and Cassius, and Octavius and Antony, Octavius drew out his sword and called for Caesar’s death to be avenged saying, “…Never, till Caesar’s three and thirty wounds/ Be well avenged, or till another Caesar/ Have added slaughter to the sword of traitors,” (Act V, scene 1, lines 55-59).