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La Republicque delivrée.

Caesar occis, la liberté vengée
Par le Duc Brut fut monnoie forgée,
Ou une dague, & ung bonnet estoient,
Tel que les serfz affranchiz le portoient.[1]

BRUT Capitaine de la Republicque Rommai-
, pour memoire d’avoir restitué la liberté
oppressée par la domination de Caesar, par
luy occis, feit forger monnoie à la marque
d’une dague, denotant l’occision de Caesar,
& d’ung bonnet, signifiant la liberté de la
Republicque. Car les libertins. (C’est à dire
serfz affranchiz) quand ilz sortoient de ser-
vitude, & entroient en liberté: Ilz prenoient
le bonnet. Comme encore au jourdhuy font
les Maistres es ars à Paris, passans de schola-
sticque discipline, à maitrise, & laissans la
ceincture enseigne de servitude, & subje-


1.  Julius Caesar, who had become in effect the sole ruler of Rome, was assassinated on the Ides of March in 44 BC by Marcus and Decimus Brutus, Cassius and other conspirators. Alciato describes the well-known coin-type celebrating the restoration of republican government issued by Brutus after the murder. This bears the legend EID.MAR. (The Ides of March) across the lower section; above this, occupying the upper two thirds of the coin face, are two upright daggers with a cap of liberty between. Alciato had presumably seen or owned such a coin. He wrote a short treatise on ancient coins.

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