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Claudius, Chapter 43: Repentence.
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Towards the close of his life, he gave some manifest indications that he [Note 1] repented of his marriage with Agrippina, and his adoption of Nero. For some of his freedmen noticing with approbation his having condemned, the day before, a woman accused of adultery, he remarked, " It has been my misfortune to have wives who have been unfaithful to my bed; but they did not escape punishment." Often, when he happened to meet Britannicus, he would embrace him tenderly, and express a desire "that he might grow apace, and receive from him an account of all his actions:" using the Greek phrase, He who has wounded will also heal." And intending to give him the manly habit, while he was under age and a tender youth, because his stature would allow of it, he added, " I do so, that the Roman people may at last have a real Caesar." |
Note 1: he = Claudius