■Et tu, Brute?
J - Janice, R - Riko
A GV and a learner talk about Roman history.
R: My history class was quite fascinating today.
J: What did you learn about?
R: Guess! I’ll give you a few clues. He was a great military leader,
he was abducted by pirates, and he is a healthy snack.
J: A snack?! Was he eaten by cannibals?
R (laughs): No, silly! I’m talking about Julius Caesar.
J: Oh, right! (pause) Wait, how is Julius Caesar a snack?
R: Caesar salad, of course!
J (laughs): You’re so corny! Well, what did you learn about Caesar?
R: I learned that he was a very formidable man. He had a great role
in the reformation of the Roman Empire.
J: He was also a conqueror. Veni, vidi, vici is a Latin phrase
attributed to him.
R: Yeah, that’s right. Is the term ‘backstabbing’ also because of him?
J: Hmm, I don’t think so. I can see how it’s appropriate, though.
R: Actually, I’m more interested in Marcus Brutus. He was one of
Caesar’s most trusted members in the Senate, and yet Brutus
J: Most of the senators stabbed him.
R: Yeah, but he took a leading role in Caesar’s assassination.
That’s not really something you would do to a friend.
J: I sure hope not! You know, though, this has been a popular topic of
debate for centuries. Brutus has even been turned into a literary figure.
R: Oh, in William Shakespeare’s play, right?
J: Yes. He was quite a sympathetic character in that play. Shakespeare
depicted him as a man who prioritized Rome above all else, even
his close friend.
R: Ah, but then there’s Dante Alighieri, who put him in the Ninth Circle
of Hell for treachery. Killing someone is not good, but I think it’s worse
if you kill a friend who trusted you.
J: Yes, exactly. It’s a really complex topic, isn’t it?
Et tu, Brute? ブルータスよ、お前か（シーザーが暗殺される時
Veni, vidi, vici 「来た、見た、勝った」（ポントスの戦いの後の凱旋で
leading role 指導者的役割
literary figure 文学に出てくる人物
above all else 何よりも、何をおいても
Ninth Circle of Hell 地獄の最下層
1. What did Riko learn about in her history class?
a. Egyptian history
b. Roman history