In Julius Caesar, why does Antony call Brutus "the noblest Roman of all"?  

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Mark Antony becomes so angry at Brutus for killing Caesar that he mocks the idea that Brutus is an "honorable man," speaking with such sarcasm in front of the crowd after the assassination that he turns the common people against Brutus.
Later, Brutus, knowing he is defeated in his fight against Antony in the civil war that breaks out, falls on his sword, saying his own death is more welcome to him than the death of Caesar.
Once Brutus is dead, Antony softens his stance against him and acknowledges what we all know to be true: that Brutus was the only one of the conspirators who genuinely put the good of Rome ahead of personal ambition. Brutus, Antony said, was a person of "honest thought" who cared about the "common good." Antony also says of Brutus that
His life was gentle, and the elements
So mixed in him that Nature might stand up
And say to all the world, “This was a man.”
This is a famous passage, and we all might agree that Brutus was a man who tried his best to live up to his convictions. That is why his betrayal was especially shocking to both Caesar and Antony: he was the last person they would have expected to lower himself to the act of assassination.
It is worth noting, too, that as ruthless and bent on success as Antony has become, he still places a high value on a person who exemplifies a "gentle" nature. Brutus was "gentle" (counter-intuitive as that might be for an assassin) and "noble" because he had a heart for others, not just for himself.

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