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Claudius, Chapter 5: During Tiberius' reign.
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Upon his requesting some office in the state, his uncle Tiberius granted him the honorary appendages of the consulship, and when he [Note 1] pressed for a legitimate appointment, the emperor wrote word back, that "he sent him forty gold pieces for his expenses, during the festivals of the Saturnalia and Sigillaria. Upon this, laying aside all hope of advancement, he resigned himself entirely to an indolent life; living in great privacy, one while in his gardens, or a villa which he had near the city; another while in Campania, where he passed his time in the lowest society; by which means, besides his former character of a dull, heavy fellow, he acquired that of a drunkard and gamester. |
Note 1: he = Claudius