Tour Through Time
Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger
Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger, assassin of Julius Caesar
Our party meets Brutus when travelling to the Temple of Saturn in lower Rome in 60BC. About to accost the lectern of Anumani are nearly 100 brigands, and Anumani wisely finds their leader, a young man named Brutus. After making some concessions, Brutus actually feels like Anumani can give him some sway. Anumani makes some promises like clearing out corpses and removing feces, promises he fulfilled in short order. He also uses some leverage to get Brutus elected into the Senate as a representative of the common man. Once in the Senate, Brutus is a rising star, his uncle Caepio adopts him after his parents murderer is discovered, none other than Pompey the Great. Brutus begins a correspondence with Julius Caesar, and Mark Antony to plot against Pompey. Underneath his machinations what none can see is the hand of Anumani orchestrating everything.
Marcus Junius Brutus (early June 85 BC – late October 42 BC), often referred to as Brutus, was a politician of the late Roman Republic. After being adopted by his uncle he used the name Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus, but eventually returned to using his original name. He is best known in modern times for taking a leading role in the assassination of Julius Caesar.
Marcus Junius Brutus the Younger was the son of Marcus Junius Brutus the Elder and Servilia Caepionis. His father was killed by Pompey the Great in dubious circumstances after he had taken part in the rebellion of Lepidus; his mother was the half-sister of Cato the Younger, and later Julius Caesar’s mistress.2 Some sources refer to the possibility of Caesar being his real father.3 Brutus’ uncle, Quintus Servilius Caepio, adopted him in about 59 BC, and Brutus was known officially for a time as Quintus Servilius Caepio Brutus before he reverted to using his birth-name. However, following Caesar’s assassination in 44 BC, Brutus revived his adoptive name in order to illustrate his links to another famous tyrannicide, Gaius Servilius Ahala, from whom he was descended.45
Brutus held his uncle in high regard6 and his political career started when he became an assistant to Cato, during his governorship of Cyprus.7 During this time, he enriched himself by lending money at high rates of interest. He returned to Rome a rich man, where he married Claudia Pulchra.8 From his first appearance in the Senate, Brutus aligned with the Optimates (the conservative faction) against the First Triumvirate of Marcus Licinius Crassus, Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus and Gaius Julius Caesar.