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[2] This man had longer interviews with Cleopatra than the rest, and was conspicuously honoured by her, so that he roused suspicion in Antony, who seized him and gave him a flogging, and then sent him back to Caesar with a written message stating that Thyrsus, by his insolent and haughty airs, had irritated him, at a time when misfortunes made him easily irritated. ‘But if thou dost not like the thing,’ he said, ‘thou hast my freedman Hipparchus1; hang him up and give him a flogging, and we shall be quits.’

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