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Having spent the majority of Act IV engaged in military tactics and strategy to prepare for the war that is to come, Act V scene 1 takes us directly to Philippi where, according to Brutus' plans, his armies have marched out to meet the forces of Antony and Octavius. It is thus at the beginning of this final Act, which is crammed full of so many different kinds of action, that Octavius and Antony meet their enemies, Brutus and Cassius. The leaders meet to exchange "Words before blows" in the words of Brutus, and exchange insults and mock each other. In particular, Antony insults Brutus and Cassius over their hypocritical attitude towards Caesar:
You showed your teeth like apes, and fawned like hounds,
And bowed like bondmen, kissing Caesar's feet;
Whilst damned Casca, like a cur, behind
Struck Caesar on the neck. O you flatterers!
Having spent some time issuing challenges to each other and insulting each other, Octavius and Antony leave the field to ready themselves for battle.
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