Julius Caesar - Citizen of Rome


Julius Caesar-Citizen of Rome

My name is Felicius Dedecus, and I live in Rome. I am a common
citizen, and work in the local bakery. I am married to a charming lady
named Antonia. We have been married for only a couple of months, and we
do not have any children. We are not yet prepared to have a child,
because we cannot financially support one. Once the bakery starts going
well, we will have a child. I work during the days, and Antonia, being a
lady, does not work so she could take care of the child. I begin to
laugh, when I imagine a woman working somewhere other than in the
kitchen. It would be quite an odd sight. I hear people shouting. It
seems to be coming from the Capitol. I am heading towards there, to find
out the reason for all of this commotion.

The greatest man that I have ever known is dead. His name was Caesar,
and he was a beloved benefactor and a hero. He defeated Pompey's sons,
and would do anything to benefit Rome. Rome will never profit from this
man again, for he was stabbed by a sword. Honorable Brutus, his best
friend, helped in the killing of Caesar. All actions of this noble man,
in the past, have been admirable. I am at the Forum, and the funeral for
beloved Caesar is about to take place. Brutus will explain his reasons
for murdering Caesar, which will surely be logical. Then, Mark Antony
will be delivering a speech, and conducting the funeral rites. The
funeral speech, or Laudatio Funebris, is a common Roman custom. This
funeral promises to be chaotic, and I am not sure what is to come for
Rome.

Brutus is about to speak. My co-worker at the local bakery, Ragorius,
says aloud what many of us Roman citizens are thinking. He says, "We
will be satisfied; let us be satisfied." I am anxious to hear Brutus'
speech, for I am very curious to hear the justification of the murder.
Had anyone else killed Caesar, in no circumstance, would I have
listened to their speech. However, Brutus is reputable, and his
dignified presence gets him replies upon his request. He asks us, "Be
patient till the last . . . hear me for mine cause and be silent." When
Brutus said this, I immediately obeyed him. He says, "...believe me for
my honor, that you may believe: censure me in your wisdom, and awake
your senses, that you may the better judge." So far Brutus' pleasant
manner impresses me. I am more than willing to hear his speech, only
wise words have come out of his honorable mouth in the past, I presume
the same to occur now.

"Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more." He tells us
that his love for Caesar was as great as any friend's, but that he loved
Rome and the freedom of her citizens more. I see the truth in what
Brutus is saying. He truly does care about us, and he will do anything
to fight for our rights. I am not quite certain on how Caesar stole our
freedom, but I am sure that some of his actions prove this. Brutus said
that he loved Caesar, but because of his ambition removing him was
necessary, for he was about to make all of the Roman citizens slaves. I
am astonished to hear that Caesar was going to treat us as bondmen. I
had always thought of his as compassionate and admirable. He asks us
whom he has offends, "Who is so vile that will not love his country?".
All of us reply that we agree with what he had said. I agree with what
Caesar has just said, and I would never dare to contradict him. I would
never disagree with him, for he wiser than I. He ends his speech by
saying, "...as I slew my best lover for the good of Rome, I have the
same dagger for myself, when it shall please my country to death."
Brutus shows us how respectable he is. He cares for nothing but the best
of Rome, and is willing to kill himself, if he ever has the same
ambition that Caesar did.

All of us Roman citizens responded positively to Brutus' speech. His
role in the conspiracy is