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[2] And so, when the deed had been accomplished by the partisans of Brutus and Cassius,1 and the friends of Caesar were combining against the perpetrators of it, and it was feared that the city would again be plunged into civil wars, Antony, as consul, convened the senate and said a few words about concord, while Cicero, after a lengthy speech appropriate to the occasion, persuaded the senate to imitate the Athenians2 and decree an amnesty for the attack upon Caesar, and to assign provinces to Cassius and Brutus.

1 On the Ides of March, 44 B.C.

2 These declared a general amnesty after the overthrow of the Thirty Tyrants by Thrasybulus in 403 B.C.

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