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Faithful wife of Brutus

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Elisabetta Sirani, Porcia Wounding Her Thigh
Elisabetta Sirani, Portia wounding her thigh

Porcia, the daughter of Cato the Younger, has gone to history as the second wife of Caesar’s murderer, Marcus Junius Brutus. He trusted his young wife so much that he even betrayed her the plans to kill the dictator. According to some historians, the Porcia could even be actively involved in the conspiracy. According to Plutarch, Porcia was to catch Brutus from attempting to consider what to do with Caesar.

When she asked her husband what he was thinking about, he had nothing to answer. Suspecting that Brutus does not want to reveal her true plans and that he does not trust her because she is a woman and can reveal the secret, even after the lightest torture, she decided to prove her worth. For this purpose, she cut the wound with her thigh with a knife and decided to hide the pain, fever and chills before Brutus. According to the messages, her suffering was to hide the whole day. Eventually, she revealed to Brutus the truth, which aroused admiration in him. From then on, Brutus had no secrets from his wife.

  • Alfred J. Church, Roman Life in the Days of Cicero

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