But I see now what it is they mean: nor, in truth, do they use much disguise.
They say that they are afraid how the veterans may endure the idea of Brutus
having an army. As if there were any difference between the troops of Aulus
Hirtius, of Caius Pansa, of Decimus Brutus, of Caius Caesar, and this army of
Marcus Brutus. For if these four armies which I have mentioned are praised
because they have taken up arms for the sake of the liberty of the Roman people,
what reason is there why this army of Marcus Brutus should not be classed under
the same head? Oh, but the very name of Marcus Brutus is unpopular among the
veterans.—More than that of Decimus Brutus?—I think not; for
although the action is common to both the Bruti, and although their share in the
glory is equal, still those men who were indignant at that deed were more angry
with Decimus Brutus, because they said, that it was more improper for it to be
executed by him. What now are all those armies laboring at, except to effect the
release of Decimus Brutus from a siege? And who are the commanders of those
armies? Those men, I suppose, who wish the acts of Caius Caesar to be
overturned, and the cause of the veterans to be betrayed.