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Claudius, Chapter 32: Entertainments.
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He [Note 1] gave entertainments as frequent as they were splendid, and generally when there was such ample room, that very often six hundred guests sat down together. At a feast he gave on the banks of the canal for draining the Fucine Lake, he narrowly escaped being drowned, the water at its discharge rushing out with such violence, that it overflowed the conduit. At supper he had always his own children, with those of several of the nobility, who, according to an ancient custom, sat at the feet of the couches. One of his guests having been suspected of purloining a golden cup, he invited him again the next day, but served him with a porcelain jug. It is said, too, that he intended to publish an edict, " allowing to all people the liberty of giving vent at table to any distention occasioned by flatulence," upon hearing of a person whose modesty, when under restraint, had nearly cost him his life. |
Note 1: he = Claudius