According to Julius Caesar’s will, Decimus Brutus was the second listed heir if Octavian died or refused his inheritance!
Shakespeare gave a very dramatic version of Julius Caesar’s funeral, but the version closer to the actual truth is that of Roman historian Appian. It is therefore of great historic interest.
When Caesar’s will was produced, the people wanted it to be read immediately. In his will Caesar gave his gardens to the people for recreational activity and he also gave every Roman living in the city 75 Attic drachmas.
The fact that Caesar was accused of being a tyrant was very upsetting for the people, as he was now obviously seen as a kind philanthropist.
In his will Octavian, his sister’s grandson, was adopted by Caesar and that would have meant a very large and handsome inheritance for him. It was Roman custom at the time to name a second person in case the first choice refused or failed for some reason to claim the inheritance.
Imagine the fury of the people when they discovered that the man Caesar named as second in line for his inheritance was none other than Decimus Brutus – one of his murderers!
The crowd went hunting for the murderers after seeing the 23 wounds inflicted on their leader, but the guilty had already fled the city in secret.