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Augustus and eques

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Statue of Octavian from Prima Porta
Statue of Augustus of Prima Porta

As per the ancient sources, Emperor Octavian Augustus one day noticed a member of equites who was eating during the games. He was to say: “If I want to dine, I go home”. The latter was to answer him in the following way:

“Yes, but you are not afraid of losing your seat”.

  • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria VI.3.63

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