“Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.”
As Julius Caesar ascends to status of dictator-for-life, Marcus Brutus is deeply disturbed. He loves Rome, wants it to succeed and wants it to thrive, but he fears that Caesar’s ascent is threatening the democratic principles of the republic. Meanwhile, Cassius, a fellow senator, is quietly building a conspiracy devoted to removing Caesar once and for all. Torn between patriotism, loyalty to his friend, and his conflicted conscience, Brutus reluctantly agrees to join with the assassins, plotting a strike on the Ides of March…