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Scaurus had come back to Rome for a special meeting of the Senate convened by the praetor urbanus Gaius Memmius to discuss a matter of some concern regarding Sardinia; the junior consul, Gaius Flavius Fimbria, was indisposed — - a common occurrence these days, it seemed to many.
The Senate is shivering, for you showed enough of your steel when you were praetor urbanus to make them understand you won’t be merciful.
"I move, Conscript Fathers, that Titus Annius Albucius answer charges of a treasonable nature — but that the praetor urbanus shall at the same time write a very stiff letter to the quaestor Gnaeus Pompeius Strabo informing him that, one, under no circumstances will he be permitted to prosecute his superior, and that, two, he has the manners of a boor."
It will be up to the praetor urbanus to decide exactly how Bomilcar will be prosecuted.
"Well, I could have told you that without benefit of owls or lightning," said Marcia, whose father had not lived to be consul, but as praetor urbanus had built the great aqueduct which brought sweet fresh water into Rome, and kept his memory green as one of the all-time greats in government.