What does Caissius mean by the quote "This tongue had not offended so today, if Cassius might have ruled"?

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Cassius wanted to add Antony to the killing in the Senate the day the senators targeted Caesar.  Brutus disagreed saying that they did not want to seem blood-thirsty, but acting on principles of love for Rome and the nobility of the country.

Cassius' quote, then, simply translated would be:  Antony's speech would not have effected the crowd and offended us so much if you had listened to me and Antony was silenced/killed at the same time Caesar was."


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