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He was so celebrated that, when Sulla was preparing for exhibition the sacred equestrian game for boys1 which is called ‘Troja,’ and, after assembling the boys of good birth, appointed two leaders for them, the boys accepted one of them for his mother's sake (he was a son of Metella, Sulla's wife), but would not tolerate the other (who was a nephew of Pompey, named Sextus), and refused to rehearse under him or obey him; and when Sulla asked them whom they would have, they all cried ‘Cato,’ and Sextus himself gave way and yielded the honour to a confessed superior.

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