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Julius Caesar, Chapter 50: Affairs with women.
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That he [Note 1] was unbridled and extravagant in his intrigues is the general opinion, and that he seduced many illustrious women, among them Postumia, wife of Servius Sulpicius, Lollia, wife of Aulus Gabinius, Tertulla, wife of Marcus Crassus, and even Gnaeus Pompeius' wife Mucia. At all events there is no doubt that Pompeius was taken to task by the elder [Note 2] and the younger Curio, as well as by many others, because through a desire for power he had afterwards married the daughter of a man on whose account he divorced a wife who had borne him three children and whom he had often referred to with a groan as an Aegisthus. But beyond all others Caesar loved Servilia, the mother of Marcus Brutus, for whom in his first consulship he bought a pearl costing six million sesterces. During the civil war too, besides other presents, he knocked down some fine estates to her in a public auction at a nominal price, and when some expressed their surprise at the low figure, Cicero wittily remarked: It's a better bargain than you think, for there is a third off' -- -and in fact it was thought that Servilia was prostituting her own daughter Tertia to Caesar [The word play is on tertia (pars) --- 'third part' -- - and Tertia, daughter of Servilia, in a rather low and vulgar sexual jest]. |
Note 1: He = Julius Caesar