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- Lucullus, Lucius Licinius 110?-57? B.C. Roman general and consul noted for his self-indulgence.
- n. Roman general famous for self-indulgence and giving lavish banquets (circa 110-57 BC)
“Lucullus proved, by his women-servants, that he had debauched his youngest sister when she was Lucullus wife; and there was a general belief that he had done the same with his two other sisters, Tertia, whom Marcius Rex, and Clodia, whom Metellus Celer had married; the latter of whom was called Quadrantia, because one of her lovers had deceived her with a purse of small copper money instead of silver, the smallest copper coin being called a quadrant.”
“Once, when Lucullus was dining alone, a servant prepared a simple meal and was told by his master to go back and bring forth a sumptuous repast, as if there were guests: “Did you not know that tonight Lucullus is dining with Lucullus?””
“Now he began to repent that he had previously written to the senate to call Lucullus out of Thrace, and Pompey out of Spain; so that he did all he could to finish the war before they came, knowing that the honor of the action would redound to him that came to his assistance.”
“Timon is infinitely dear to me," said another lord, called Lucullus, to whom he gave a beautiful horse; and other Athenians paid him compliments as sweet.”
“Cicero, though he did not name Lucullus, was transparently alluding to him when he told the assembly in the Forum that”
“The lords and ladies of the house of Have revel in luxury such as Lucullus never knew, while within sound of their feasting gaunt children fight like famished beasts for that which the breakfast garbage barrels afford.”
“He and his confederates were described as spending the immense sums of which they had plundered the public in banquets of four courses, such as Lucullus might have eaten in the Hall of Apollo.”
“Lucullus," said Marcellus, rising from his seat with folded arms, "I love you as a friend, I am grateful for your faithful affection.”
“You'll shake your head as Lucullus has a tunnel drilled through a mountain, so he can keep fresh seawater flowing into his fishponds.”
“But I learned afterward that Clodius behaved this way with all three of his sisters in public, and certainly Lucullus had believed the rumors of incest.”
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