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[10] When he returned to the city, he was appointed consul with Quintus Pompeius,1 in the fiftieth year of his age, and made a most illustrious marriage with Caecilia, the daughter of Metellus, the Pontifex Maximus. On the theme of this marriage many verses were sung in ridicule of him by the common people, and many of the leading men were indignant at it, deeming him, as Livy says,2 unworthy of the woman although they had judged him worthy of the consulship.

1 In 88 B.C.

2 In the seventy-seventh, one of the lost books.

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