A street in Rome near the Capitol, close to Brutus' house
[Enter Artemidorus, reading a paper.]
- "Caesar, beware of Brutus; watch out for Cassius; stay away from Casca; keep an eye on Cinna; don't trust Trebonius; observe Metellus Cimber carefully; Decius Brutus does not like you; you have offended Caius Ligarius. All these men have the same goal, and it is against Caesar. If you are not immortal, look around you. Overconfidence allows a conspiracy to succeed. The mighty gods defend you!
"Your devoted Friend,
I will stand here until Caesar passes by
And like a suitor I will give him this.
My heart grieves that greatness cannot avoid
The sharp teeth of envy.
If you read this, O Caesar, you might live;
If not, the Fates plot with traitors.