On the 19th of December in 45 BCE, Caesar -- that is, Gaius Julius -- took dinner with Marcus Tullius Cicero. JC had brought with him troops of two thousand strong -- not a man, evidently, to travel light. The elegant orator was somewhat annoyed to have tough-as-nails soldiers traipsing flowerbeds and tracking mud on his mosaic floors, but he managed nonetheless to play the gracious host.
A "fine, well-appointed meal", Cicero wrote in a letter to a friend. He and Caesar spoke of "nothing serious, but a good deal on literary matters." Yes.
The meeting of two of the greatest authors in Roman history, and they discussed other people's work!
posted at 11:26:11 pm
2. As "Americana" defines itself as artefacts of American culture, "Gloriana" consists of the artefacts of my culture.
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