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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Julius Caesar, Chapter 87: Deliberations about his death.[44 BC]
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About one thing almost all are fully agreed, that he all but desired such a death as he met; for once when he read in Xenophon Cyropedeia, [8.7] how Cyrus in his last illness gave directions for his funeral, he expressed his horror of such a lingering kind of end and his wish for one which was swift and sudden. And the day before his murder, in a conversation which arose at a dinner at the house of Marcus Lepidus, as to what manner of death was most to be desired, he had given his preference to one which was sudden and unexpected.