The price of Caesar's mercy: Cicero nominates Caesar to an unprecedented ten-year dictatorship and Brutus speaks in support of the motion. With martial authority and Niobe at his side, Vorenus campaigns for magistrate under Posca's advice, but is shocked to learn from Posca that Caesar has already fixed the election in Vorenus's favor. Meanwhile, Atia continues her humiliation of Servilia while denying any involvement in her assault. But Atia becomes troubled by the silent depression of Octavia after Octavian compels her to return home from the cloister where she had fled. As Servilia lies at home shattered by her recent attack, she soon revives and gets her self-confidence back when she takes in the homeless and embittered Quintus Pompey whom she sees as her tool for revenge against Caeser for leaving her. As Caesar prepares for his Triumph involving five days of celebration and games, Antony finds that the dictator has no sense of humor about the trappings of power. The circulation ... Written by
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Caesar visits the Gallic King Vercingetorix in a dungeon just prior to his triumph. Rome lacked this sort of dungeon, and foreign captives were held hostage by prominent, usually wealthy, families until the day they were to be shown at triumph. To display a captive king who was beaten and bent, as Vercingetorix is in the series, would do little to reinforce the glory of Rome, which was the main purpose of the triumph. See more
Atia of the Julii
My poor little grump. Oh, I didn't realize until now how much I missed your gloomy presence around the place.