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Nosy senator’s wife

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Roman woman bust
Roman woman bust

Plutarch mentions a story about a senator whose wife questioned him about what the Senate was debating on. To silence his curious wife, the senator replied that the congregation was considering whether the appearance of a lark in the sky with a golden helmet and a spear was a good or bad omen. By the way, he asked his wife to keep a secret when he left the house.

When he reached the Forum, he was unexpectedly accosted by a passer-by, asking if he had seen a flying lark in a golden helmet, with a spear.

  • Plutarch, Cato the Elder

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