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Jonathan Kay, QuilletteThe assassination of Julius Caesar is known best for the fictional elements that Shakespeare and others invented. Caesar never actually said Et tu, Brute?, and Brutus never said Sic semper tyrannis. The historical record suggests the dictator remained silent and covered his head while the conspirators rained daggers upon him. The whole scene actually sounds quite grubby. No one even bothered to collect Caesar's body until slaves got around to it on their own initiative. The truly amazing fact is that Brutus and Cassius had no real follow-up plan. They lived in a bubble of their own...