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Liar merchant

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Chicken on the Roman mosaic
Chicken on the Roman mosaic

According to the Historia Augusta, during the reign of Gallienus (253-268 CE), a Roman merchant who traded in fake jewellery was captured and led to the arena, where he had faced a bloodthirsty lion. As the gate opened, a chicken entered the arena.

Then Emperor Galien laughed and said, “He practised deceit and then had it practised on him”. Then the merchant was set free.

  • Historia Augusta, 12.5

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