p. 141, Rubicon: The Triumph and Tragedy of the Roman Republic
Trigger Warning: M/M, sexual innuendo
Pompey who, as a young man of 23, led an army for the victorious Roman general Sulla, and who earned the nickname of “the teenage butcher” because his exploits started very young, was described thus:
Nothing was more delicate than Pompey’s cheeks . . . whenever he felt people’s eyes on him, he would go bright red.
The writer of the above was undoubtedly a man. (No woman’s writings were ever considered worth preserving, lol).
Self was right: she spent 10 minutes perusing dense notes at the back of the book (The Pompey description is in a section called “The Bull and the Boy” but no bull has appeared thus far in self’s reading, just “the boy” lol) and identified the source of the quote as Seneca.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.