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Twelve Emperors by Suetonius

Caligula, Chapter 39: Caligula collects money (Cont.)
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When he [Note 1] was in Gaul and had sold at immense figures the jewels, furniture, slaves, and even the freedmen of his sisters who had been condemned to death, finding the business so profitable, he sent to the city for all the paraphernalia of the old palace, seizing for its transportation even public carriages and animals from the bakeries; with the result that bread was often scarce at Rome and many who had cases in court lost them from inability to appear and meet their bail. To get rid of this furniture, he resorted to every kind of trickery and wheedling, now railing at the bidders for avarice and because they were not ashamed to be richer than he, and now feigning regret for allowing common men to acquire the property of princes. Having learned that a rich provincial had paid those who issued the emperor's invitations two hundred thousand sesterces, to be smuggled in among the guests at one of his dinner-parties, he was not in the least displeased that the honor of dining with him was rated so high; but when next day the man appeared at his auction, he sent a messenger to hand him some trifle or other at the price of two hundred thousand sesterces and say that he should dine with Caesar on his personal invitation.

Note 1: he = Caligula

Event: Caligula collects money

In Gallia quoque, cum damnatarum sororum ornamenta et supellectilem et seruos atque etiam libertos immensis pretiis uendidisset, inuitatus lucro, quidquid instrumenti ueteris aulae erat ab urbe repetiit, comprensis ad deportandum meritoriis quoque uehiculis et pistrinensibus iumentis, adeo ut et panis Romae saepe deficeret et litigatorum plerique, quod occurrere absentes ad uadimonium non possent, causa caderent. Cui instrumento distrahendo nihil non fraudis ac lenocinii adhibuit, modo auaritiae singulos increpans et quod non puderet eos locupletiores esse quam se, modo paenitentiam simulans quod principalium rerum priuatis copiam faceret. Compererat prouincialem locupletem ducenta sestertia numerasse uocatoribus, ut per fallaciam conuiuio interponeretur, nec tulerat moleste tam magno aestimari honorem cenae suae; huic postero die sedenti in auctione misit, qui nescio quid friuoli ducentis milibus traderet diceretque cenaturum apud Caesarem uocatu ipsius.