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1 "Fames auri." Similar to the words of Virgil, "Auri sacra fames." "The curst greed for gold." See Note 17 to Chapter 3 of this Book.
2 Another version of this story was, that he extracted the brain, and inserted lead in its place.
3 See B. xiv. c. 16.
4 In B.C. 88, M. Aquilius proceeded to Asia Minor as one of the consular legati to prosecute the war against Mithridates. On being defeated near Protomachium, he was delivered up to Mithridates by the inhabitants of Mytilene, and after being treated in the most barbarous manner, was put to death by pouring molten gold down his throat.
5 "Insperso." Sillig is of opinion that Pliny is here speaking of the work now known by Italian artists as tausia or lavoro all' agemina.
6 Hardouin thinks that Pliny is here making allusion to the Greek word "chrysendeta," vessels "encircled with gold." It is frequently used in Martial's works.
7 See B. xv. c. 38.
8 It is against such practices as these that Martial inveighs, B. i, Ep. 28, and B. ix. Ep. 12.
9 A slave only; and not by any of his brother patricians. Antony was rendered infamous by his proscriptions.
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