Marcus Junius Brutus

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Marcus Junius Brutus (85-42 BCE) was a Roman politician and a leading figure in the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44 BCE. Although he was granted amnesty after the Ides of March, a new civil war soon broke out. Brutus committed suicide after he had been defeated by the forces of Mark Antony and Octavian at the Battle of Philippi 42 BCE.

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  • 85 BCE - 42 BCE
    Life of Marcus Junius Brutus.
  • 58 BCE
    Marcus Junius Brutus accompanies Cato the Younger to Cyprus.
  • 53 BCE
    Marcus Junius Brutus begins his political career as quaestor.
  • 48 BCE
    Caesar defeats Pompey (battle of Pharsalus); Pompey flees to Egypt and is killed by courtiers of Ptolemy XIII.
  • 44 BCE
    Caesar becomes dictator for life. On the 'Ides of March' (15th) he is killed by conspirators including Brutus and Cassius. Octavian, son of Caesars niece Atia, is posthumously adopted as his heir.
  • 42 BCE
    Octavian and Antony defeat Republicans under Brutus and Cassius at the Battle of Philippi (Greece).
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