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Julius Caesar, Chapter 71: Fidelity to his dependents.
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Even when a young man he [Note 1] showed no lack of devotion and fidelity to his dependents. He defended Masintha, a youth of high birth, against king Hiempsal [of Numidia] with such spirit, that in the dispute he caught the king's son Juba by the beard. On Masintha's being declared tributary to the king, he at once rescued him from those who would carry him off and kept him hidden for some time in his own house; and when presently he left for Hispania after his praetorship, he carried the young man off in his own litter, unnoticed amid the crowd that came to see him off and the lictors with their fasces. |
Note 1: he = Julius Caesar
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Fasces:Rods of wood tied by a red thong into a bundle from which an axe projected. Symbol of regal and later magesterial authority.