plutarch: the wife of caesar was cornelia, the daughter of the cinna who had once held the sole power at rome, and when sulla became master of affairs, he could not by promises or by threats, induce caesar to put her away, and therefore confiscated her dowry

divine postman: now, the reason for caesar’s hatred for sulla, was caesar’s relationship with marius, for julia, a sister of caesar’s father, was the wife of marius the elder, and the mother of marius the younger, who was therefore caesar’s cousin

plutarch: moreover, caesar was not satisfied to be overlooked at first by sulla, who was busy with a multitude of prescriptions, but he came before the people as candidate for a priesthood, although he was not yet much more than a stripling

divine postman: to this candidacy sulla secretly opposed himself, and took measures to make caesar fail in it, and when he was deliberating about putting him to death, and some said there was no reason for killing a mere boy like him, he declared that they had no sense if they did not see in this boy many mariuses

plutarch: when this speech was reported to caesar he hid himself for some time, wandering about in the country of the sabines. then, as he was changing his abode by night on account of sickness, he fell in with the soldiers of sulla, who were searching those regions and arresting anyone who was in hiding there

divine postman: caesar gave their leader, cornelius, two talents, to set him free, and at once went down to the sea and sailed to king nicomedes in bithynia

plutarch: with him he tarried a short time, and then, on his voyage back, was captured, near the island pharmacusa, by pirates, who already at that time controlled the sea with large armaments and small vessels

divine postman: in all we do we tell stories, and the simplest representations of stories capture one’s imagination. greatness takes years to manifest

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