Act three, Scene 2.

Antony’s Speech- Translation to Modern-Day Language

Fellow citizens and friends, listen to me!

I speak to bury Caesar, not to compliment him.

The evil deeds men commit are remembered long after their death, but their good deeds are often forgotten; let this be the same with Caesar.

Nobel Brutus told you Caesar was power hungry.

If this is true, this was a serious fault, and cost Caesar his life.

With the permission of Brutus and the others- for Brutus is an honourable man- and the others are also honourable men- I come to speak at Caesar’s funeral.

Caesar was my friend, faithful and fair to me.

Brutus claims he was power-hungry, and Brutus is an honourable man.

Caesar brought many captives back to Rome, and filled the public treasury with their ransom.

Was this an ambitious act of Caesar’s?

When the poor cried, Caesar also wept.

Ambition is not as soft as he.

Still, Brutus claims he is ambitious, and Brutus is an honourable man.

At the feast of Lupercal, you all saw me offer Caesar the crown three times, but he refused it three times. Is that ambition?

Yet, Brutus claims he was ambitious, and Brutus is an honourable man.

I do not speak to contradict what Brutus said, but I am here to speak what I do know.

You all loved Caesar once, for good reason.

What reason prevents you from mourning for him now?

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