In the moments following Caesar's death, what do the conspirators proclaim to justify their deed?
After Caesar’s death, the conspirators, beginning with Cinna, proclaim liberty and that tyranny perpetrated by Caesar is dead. Cassius seconds this proclamation. Brutus, on the other hand, states that Caesar’s ambition and the consequences have now been eliminated and so the senators should not be afraid because what they did was right and good for the republic. They justify their deed by purporting to have done Caesar a favor by killing him by reducing his time that would have been spent in fear of death. Cassius supports Brutus by stating that by killing Caesar they will be referred to as “The men that gave their country liberty”. Brutus justifies the conspirators’ deeds to the citizens by stating
“Not that I loved Caesar less, but that I loved Rome more. Had you rather Caesar were living and die all slaves, than that Caesar were dead, to live all free men?”
The conspirators claim that they murdered Caesar because he would have been a tyrant. Brutus articulates their reasons when he says that he loves Caesar, but he loves Rome more.
They claim that he was so ambitious he would have enslaved all the citizens of Rome (and thus that they killed him to protect Rome and Romans from him).