According to the Roman historian Appian, Julius Caesar bequeathed his gardens to the people as a place of recreation and also 75 drachmas to every Roman in the city. Mark Antony gave the funeral oration and read aloud to the people Caesar's will.
In Appian's account, Mark Antony incites the people of Rome into a frenzy of vengeance, from which the senators and assassination conspirators all fled. The mob killed Helvius Cinna, who was mistaken for the conspirator Cornelius Cinna. The people then returned to bear Caesar's body to his funeral bier. The famous scene was also dramatized in Shakespeare's play "Julius Caesar."