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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