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Besides the debauch of married women, he comnmitted rape upon Rubria, a Vestal Virfin. He was upon the point of marrying Acte, 1 his freedwoman, having suborned some men of consular rank to swear that she was of royal descent. * * * Thomson omits some material here * * * That he entertained an incestuous passion for his mother,2 but was deterred by her enemies, for fear that this haughty and overbearing woman should, by her compliance, get him entirely into her power, and govern in every thing, was universally believed; especially after he had introduced amongst his concubines a strumpet, who was reported to have a strong resemblance to Agrippina.3

1 Acte was a slave who had been bought in Asia, whose beauty so captivated Nero that he redeemed her, and became greatly attached to her. She is supposed to be the concubine of Nero mentioned by St. Chrysostom, as having been converted by St. Paul during his residence at Rome. The Apostle speaks of the " Saints in Caesar's household." Phl. iv..22.

2 It is said that the advances were made by Agrippina, with flagrant indecency, to secure her power over him. See Tacitus, Annal. xiv. 2, 3.

3Olim etiam, quoties lectica cum matre veheretur, libidinatum inceste, ac maculis vestis proditum, affirmant.

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