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Living in Limbo

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Lucy Westerfield

on 6 November 2010

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Background Caesar Brutus What are they famous for? Brutus Caesar Why are they in Limbo? Caesar Brutus How did they influence Dante and The Inferno? Lucius Junius Brutus was the son of Marcus Junius
He grew up in with the royals in Rome after his father and brothers were exectued and he pretended to be mentally disabled.
He was seen as someone solely to laugh at and noone believed he was capable of much.
In reality, he was just waiting for the right time to make his move and make his mark on the Roman empire. Under Brutus's government all class levels were taken care of, and the money that was once concentrated in a few families' hands was dispersed among many people.
Brutus tried hard to establish a fair and complete republic of Rome, but still many people were no convinced and oppossed it.
The first years of Rome as a republic were tumultuous, but they would eventually prosper, although after Brutus's death. Brutus finally found the time to make his mark when the plague broke out and he and the sons of the ruler, Tarquin, were sent to Delphi to escape the plague. While there Brutus and the sons consulted an oracle who proclaimed that the first person to kiss the mother would be the next ruler of Rome. This inticed Brutus to make his mark on the world. Upon returning the Rome, Brutus kissed the Earth, the "mother" land. Soon, Brutus made actions to make his mark. The raping of Lucretia by one of the Tarquin sons, Sextus Tarquinuis, infuriated Brutus. He took the opporunity to speak out against the Tarquins and vowed to kill them all. He banished the Tarquins and eliminated the monarch rule. The Tarquins tried to fight back, but their unpoularity kept them from being successful. Julius Caesar was born in Rome to Aurelia and Gaius Julius Caesar in 100 BC.
He was born into the wealthy and politically influential Julius Clan.
He soon became involved in politics and served as the governor of the Roman provinces of Spain and Gaul. During his time in as the governor of Gaul he helped with the expansion of the Roman Empire by conquering much of continental Europe.
During this time he tried to keep his political position as senator, but when he could not he led his army across the Rubicon Rover which demarcated his territory from the territory of Pompey.
This forced Pompey and the senators of Rome into exile, and gave Caesar the opportunity to go into Rome and set up a makeshift senate and declare himself dictator.
After a while many of the Republican senators felt that he had taken his power too far and they killed him.
Two of the men who killed him are in the ninth circle of hell being chewed on by Lucifer. Dante put Caesar in Limbo orginally because he never worshipped Christ because he was born before Christ. Dante also put him into Limbo because he was a strong leader who who was an inspiration to Dante and the Guelph's in their conquest to take back Florence. He was a strong leader because he was not afraid to do what others would not, and was not afraid to put his reputation the line. Dante put Brutus in Limbo for two
reasons the first was that he was
born before Christ, thus he could
not have been Christian, a criteria
for Heaven.
The reason that Brutus was not
put in another circle was because
Dante believed that Brutus's
rebellion was justified and
acceptable to do. Dante
based the assignments of people
in inferno by whether their crimes
were justified, not solely on the
crimes themselves. This allowed
people who did crimes for just
reasons (such as taking over an
unjust government as Brutus did)
to be in higher circles than people
who did the same crimes for less
just motives (such as simply
gaining power). Dante felt a connection to both Brutus and Caesar because of the
rebellions that they both led on the governments of Rome,
because of the rebellion that he was a part of in Florence. This
connection helped Dante to set his own guidelines for the kinds
of people that could be accepted into the various circles of the
inferno. Dante felt a connection to these rebels, and they helped
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