Life of Marcus Brutus

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Illustrated rustic ISBN: 9788498168846
Hardcover ISBN: 9788498970845

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The Life of Marcus Brutus is an annotated translation by Francisco de Quevedo. It glorifies the life of the famous assassin of Caesar written by the Greek historian Plutarch.
This work, dedicated to King Philip IV, can also be classified within that genre known as “mirror of princes”.
At the time Baltasar Gracián, published The politician in 1640, another of the classics of that genre. However, Quevedo’s vision of the genre and the character he portrays here goes further. This Life of Marcus Brutus is also a psychological portrait or rather the historical construction of a complex character. Brutus was at first loyal to Julius Caesar, and expressed his gratitude to him, and then participated in a conspiracy against him and in his assassination.
What ambitions and intimate convictions led Marcus Brutus to change his position? What is hidden behind his character?
Perhaps the following words will better answer these questions and explain the value of this work:

“What I find is in a few pages many volumes of the most attentive politics. Here he teaches princes government, vassals obedience, all the zeal for the public good. Don Francisco translates Plutarch and comments on him; and although that author left much and well said, Don Francisco shows in the translation that what was well said could be said better, and in the comment that much could be more. And exceeding Plutarch don Francisco in the speeches, he makes Plutarch exceed Plutarch in the text. In this work he unites the Spanish language with the majesty of the Latin, with the beauty of the Greek, to the envy and admiration of the others. “

Doctor Antonio Calderón. August 4, 1644

Women gave Rome the kings and took them away. Diolos Silvia, virgin, dishonest; Quitolos Lucrecia, married and chaste woman. He gave them a crime; Quitolos a virtue. The first was Romulus; the last one, Tarquino. To this sex has always owed the world loss and restoration, complaints and gratitude. She is the forced companion woman who is to be kept modestly, to be enjoyed with love, and to communicate with suspicion. If they treat them well, some are bad. If they are treated poorly, many are worse. He is warned, who uses his caresses and does not trust them. More can with some kings, than with other men, because they can more than other men kings. Men can be traitors to kings, women make kings traitors to themselves, and they justify betrayals against their lives. Clause is this that has as many witnesses as letores. I have referred first to the offspring of Marcus Brutus than to the parents, because in the name and in the fact it seemed more like a birth from this memory than from that womb. He had Brutus statue; but the statue had no Brutus, until it was simulacrum duplicated by Marcus and June. The Romans did not put that bundle in the Capitol both for the image of June and for the bronze advice of Marcus Brutus. It would be idle idolatry if he would only remember what the dead did and not admonish what he should do to the living. Blessed was this statue, deserved of the one and obeyed of the other.

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