Julius Caesar

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Stoic and Epicurean Philosophies

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There are two philosophies that were followed during Caesar's time: Stoic and Epicurean. While stoics focused on duty, self-discipline, subjection to the natural order of things, and duty before self, etc., Epicureans focused on human freedom, being good only to increase one's worth, eliminating fear from life, especially fear of death and the supernatural, and speaking in a vibrant and emotional manner, etc.

Which of the following quotes indicates that Cassius was of the epicurean philosophy?

A

Two mighty eagles fell, and there they perched,
Gorging and feeding from the soldiers' hands (5.1.82-83)

B

…And in their steads do ravens, crows, and kites
Fly o'er our heads and downward look on us as we were sickly prey (5.1.86-88)

C

Their shadows seem a canopy most fatal, under which
Our army lies, ready to give up the ghost. (5.1.88-90)

D

Now, most noble Brutus,
The gods today stand friendly, that we may,
Lovers in peace, lead on our days to age! (5.1.95-96)

E

None of the choices are applicable.