A Friend of Caesar
by William Stearns Davis (9781443282390)

A Friend of Caesar
William Stearns Davis
Release Date: 07 July 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 144
Category: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 9781443282390
ISBN-10: 1443282391

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. Excerpt from book: Section 3CHAPTER IV LUCIUS AHENOBARBUS textit{AIRS HIS GRIEVANCE The pomp and gluttony of Roman banquets have been too often described to need repetition here; neither would we be edified by learning all the orgies "that Marcus Laeca (an old Catilinian conspirator) and his eight guests indulged in that night: only after the dinner had been cleared, and before the Gadesian1 dancing girls were called in, the dice began to rattle, and speedily all were engrossed in drink and play. Lucius Ahenobarbus soon lost so heavily that he was cursing every god that presided over the noble game. " I am ruined next Ides," he groaned. " Phormio the broker has only continued my loan at four per cent a month. All my villas and furniture are mortgaged, and will be sold at auction. textit{MehercJe, destruction stares me in the face " " Well, well, my dear fellow," said Pratinas, who, having won the stakes, was in a mood to be sympathetic, " we must really see what can be done to remedy matters." " I can see nothing " was his answer. " Won't your father come to the rescue ? " put in Gabinius, between deep pulls on a beaker. "My father " snapped Ahenobarbus. "Never a sesterce will I get out of him He's as good as turned me adrift, and.1 1 From Cadiz, ' Commercial adviser required for young men under five-and-twenty. Cato my uncle is always giving him bad reports of me, like the hypocritical Stoic that Cato is." "By the bye," began Gabinius again, putting down the wine-cup, "you hinted'to-day that you had been cheated out of a fortune, after a manner. Something about that Drusus of Prasneste, if I recollect. What's the story ? " Lucius settled down on his elbow, readjusted the cushions on the banqueting couch, and then began, interrupted by many a hiccough because of his potations. "It is quite a...

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