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What Were Caesar's Famous Last Words as He Prepared to Die?

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Question: What Were Caesar's Famous Last Words as He Prepared to Die?
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In the midst of the assassination of Julius Caesar, according to Suetonius, Caesar resigned himself to die when he saw Brutus wielding a knife. Based on Suetonius' report, Shakespeare says Caesar turned to Brutus and said "Et tu, Brute," but this is not exactly what Suetonius wrote. Suetonius had written καὶ σὺ τέκνον;, which can be translated "And you too, (my) child?" Since it is widely thought that Brutus could conceivably have been the son of Caesar, Shakespeare's interpretation is well-reasoned.

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