Translated, this phrase means, ‘You too Brutus?’
These are words which may have been spoken by Julius Caesar on the 15th of March, 44 BC, as he was being stabbed by Roman Senators who assassinated him in the Theatre of Pompey in the city of Rome.
Words which may have been spoken. Other historians believe Caesar may have said nothing. Others believe he may have said something in Greek to the effect of, ‘You too child?’
Whatever his last words were, Caesar was stabbed 23 times by Roman Senators, among whom was his supposed friend and Roman military leader, Brutus.
The line, ‘Et tu, Brute’ is also one of the most famous lines from Shakespeare’s play entitled, ‘Julius Caesar’. Whether anything was spoken or not, Caesar was nevertheless killed that day, also known as the Ides of March or 15th of March.
As I was reflecting on that matter of betrayal it reminded me of a passage from Psalm 55, where King David was praying and reflecting on the fact that he also had been betrayed by someone he thought was his friend and fellow.
Here are his words, “For it is not an enemy who reproaches me;
Then I could bear it.
Nor is it one who hates me who has exalted himself against me;
Then I could hide from him.
But it was you, a man my equal,
My companion and my acquaintance.
We took sweet counsel together,
And walked to the house of God in the throng.” (Psalm 55: 12 – 14 NKJV)
David was obviously upset and troubled when he spoke these words. He did however refocus himself as he reeled through his anger and disillusionment. Here are his words at the end of Psalm 55:
“Cast your burden on the LORD,
And He shall sustain you;
He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.
But You, O God, shall bring them down to the pit of destruction;
Bloodthirsty and deceitful men shall not live out half their days;
But I will trust in You.” (Psalm 55: 22,23 NKJV)
David unlike Julius Caesar lived to talk about the aftermath of betrayal. Yes David was angry and disappointed at the way he had been treated by his so called friend. Nevertheless he chose to trust in the Lord and His faithfulness.
‘The Ides of March are upon us’…
For more information on the Assassination of Julius Caesar see the Wilipedia article found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assassination_of_Julius_Caesar