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As the conspirators plan Caesar's murder in Act 2, they voice the concern that Caesar might decide against going to the capital--in which case the conspirators will be unable to carry our the murder.  Decius, recognizing that Caesar can be flattered rather easily, volunteers to visit Caesar at home and convince him to go to the capital. Though Caesar does initially decide not to leave his house (Calpurnia initially convinces him that something bad might happen), he changes his mind when Decius suggests that the Romans might view him as a coward if he doesn't go to the capital.  Caesar agrees, and leaves with Decius.

In 3.1, The conspirators gather near Caesar and approach him under the pretense that they wish to have Publius Cimber pardoned.  When Caesar asks "What is now amiss/That Caesar and his Senate must redress," Metellus Cimber requests that his banished brother, Publius, be given permission to return to Rome.  Pretending to support Metellus's petition, Brutus and Cassius kneel beside Caesar and also plead on Publius's behalf.  Though the conspirators' pleas seem sincere to Caesar, they are just excuses for the conspirators to get close enough to Caesar to murder him. 

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What are different reasons for the conspirators' desire to see Julius Caesar dead?

Brutus believes Caesar has become to ambitious and his excess power makes him a danger to Rome.  He bears no personal animosity for him but feels he must die for the good of Rome

Cassius has a personal dislike toward Caesar.  He too believes Caesar is too ambitious, but his main reason for wanting him killed off is a personal one.  He feels Caesar has never given him the respect he deserves and resents him for acting like a God when he's in reality a man like everyone else.

Caius Ligarius dislikes Caesar because Caesar repremanded him for paying tribute to Pompey.

Metellus Cimber grudges Caeser for banishing his brother Publius Cimber for a reason unspecified.

The play doesn't give specific reasons for the others, but one can assume it's because they feel he is too ambitious.  However, whether their motives are more for the good of Rome or for personal advancement is unstated.

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