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Julius Caesar, Chapter 77: Julius Caesar Dictator. His arrogance.
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No less arrogant were his public utterances, which Titus Ampius records: that the state was nothing, a mere name without body or form; that Sulla did not know his ABC's when he laid down his dictatorship; that men ought now to be more circumspect in addressing him, and to regard his word as law. So far did he [Note 1] go in his presumption, that when a soothsayer once reported of a sacrifice direful innards without a heart, he said: They will be more favorable when I wish it; it should not be regarded as a portent, if a beast has no heart [playing on the double meaning of cor ('heart') -- which was also regarded as the seat of intelligence]. |
Note 1: he = Julius Caesar
Event: Julius Caesar Dictator
|Nec minoris inpotentiae uoces propalam edebat, ut Titus Amp[r]ius scribit: nihil esse rem publicam, appellationem modo sine corpore ac specie. Sullam nescisse litteras, qui dictaturam deposuerit. debere homines consideratius iam loqui secum ac pro legibus habere quae dicat. eoque arrogantiae progressus est, ut haruspice tristia et sine corde exta quondam nuntiante futura diceret laetiora, cum uellet; nec pro ostento ducendum, si pecudi cor defuisset.|