What were Brutus's and Cassius's motives for killing Caesar?

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Brutus is motivated by noble intentions in joining the assassination plot against his good friend Julius Caesar. This doesn't make his involvement in murder and treachery any more justifiable, but it's true all the same.

Brutus passionately believes in the Roman Republic and has come to the conclusion that it is under serious threat from Caesar's overweening ambition. Caesar has already turned himself into a dictator. As far as Brutus is concerned, it's just a matter of time before he turns himself into a king, a total repudiation of everything that Rome has stood for since the Etruscan kings were expelled from the Eternal City all those centuries ago. So Brutus becomes embroiled in the plot to murder Caesar, firmly believing that this is the only way to save the Republic.

As for Cassius, his motives are much less noble. Like most of the conspirators, he just wants power. He's not so much concerned with saving the Republic as making sure that it continues to serve the interests of...

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