Cassius was one of the conspirators who, along with Marcus Brutus, murdered Julius Caesar in 44 B. C. He was a supporter of the Pompeian party and the Roman Republic. He and the other conspirators believed that Caesar intended to do away with the Republic and rule by the Senate, setting up a kingdom with himself as king instead. Their bitter enemies were the men of the Second Triumvirate, Marc Antony, Octavian, and Lepidus. matters soon came to a crisis and the forces of the Second Triumvirate defeated Cassius and Brutus at the Battle of Philippi in 42 B. C. Both Cassius and Brutus committed suicide after the bettle.
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