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  • When Aurelia was sixteen and Cornelia the Mother of the Gracchi eighty-three, Marcus Aurelius Cotta and his wife, Rutilia, paid a duty call — no duty call really, it was an event eagerly looked forward to — upon Cornelia the Mother of the Gracchi as they were passing through Misenum.

    The First Man in Rome

  • As they left the second draper’s establishment, she halted on the pavement “I must pay my duty call — why don’t you two go on to the apothecary’s, men I’ll meet you at the Pelican for lunch?”

    A Lady of His Own


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