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AFTER Sylla became master of Rome, he wished to make Caesar
put away his wife Cornelia, daughter of Cinna, the late sole ruler of
the commonwealth, but was unable to effect it either by promises
or intimidation, and so contented himself with confiscating her
dowry. The ground of Sylla’s hostility to Caesar was the
relationship between him and Marius; for Marius, the elder,
married Julia, the sister of Caesar’s father, and had by her the
younger Marius, who consequently was Caesar’s first cousin. And
though at the beginning, while so many were to be put to death,
and there was so much to do, Caesar was overlooked by Sylla, yet
he would not keep quiet, but presented himself to the people as a
candidate for the priesthood, though he was yet a mere boy. Sylla,
without any open opposition, took measures to have him rejected,
and in consultation whether he should be put to death, when it was
urged by some that it was not worth his while to contrive the death
of a boy, he answered, that they knew little who did not see more
than one Marius in that boy. Caesar, on being informed of this
saying, concealed himself, and for a considerable time kept out of
the way in the country of the Sabines, often changing his quarters,
till one night, as he was removing from one house to another on
account of his health, he fell into the hands of Sylla’s soldiers, who
were searching those parts in order to apprehend any who had
absconded. Caesar, by a bribe of two talents, prevailed with
Cornelius, their captain, to let him go, and was no sooner
dismissed but he put to sea and made for Bithynia. After a short
stay there with Nicomedes, the king, in his passage back he was
taken near the island of Pharmacusa by some of the pirates, who, at
that time, with large fleets of ships and innumerable smaller
vessels, infested the seas everywhere.

When these men at first demanded of him twenty talents for his
ransom, he laughed at them for not understanding the value of
their prisoner, and voluntarily engaged to give them fifty. He
presently despatched those about him to several places to raise the
money, till at last he was left among a set of the most bloodthirsty
people in the world, the Cilicians, only with one friend and two

Yet he made so little of them, that when he had a mind to sleep, he
would send to them, and order them to make no noise. For thirty-
eight days, with all the freedom in the world, he amused himself
with joining in their exercises and games, as if they had not been
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