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[3] He transgressed also his own ordinances limiting the cost of banquets, when he tried to assuage his sorrow by drinking parties and convivial banquets, where extravagance and ribaldry prevailed.

A few months afterwards there was a gladiatorial spectacle, and since the places for men and women in the theatre were not yet separated,1 but still promiscuous, it chanced that there was sitting near Sulla a woman of great beauty and splendid birth;

1 As they were in the time of Augustus.

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