You must except, nevertheless, Marcus Antonius, the half partner of the empire of Rome, and Appius Claudius
, the decemvir and lawgiver; whereof the former was indeed a voluptuous man, and inordinate; but the latter was an austere and wise man: and therefore it seems (though rarely) that love can find entrance, not only into an open heart, but also into a heart well fortified, if watch be not well kept.
In the play, these lines describe the chaste heroine, Virginia, but they read ironically here applied to Jemma Haigh because they come from the mouth of the play's lecherous villain, Appius Claudius
, rather than her noble father, Virginius, or her brave suitor, Icilius.
Actually the Roman statesman Appius Claudius
said it first, about 2,300 years ago.
In the early 4th century BC, Appius Claudius
is credited with building an early Roman aqueduct bringing water from the Sabine Hills to Rome's growing urban population (Scullard 1972).
Three men, or triumvirs, would oversee the redistribution; they were to be Tiberius Gracchus himself, his younger brother Caius, and his father-in-law Appius Claudius
In the case of Propertius 4.7 and 4.11, we can perceive this wider cultural interaction best by reading the poems closely with the textbook example in antiquity of the mortuos ab inferis excitare topos: Cicero's prosopopoeia of Appius Claudius Caecus in Pro Caelio 33-34.
In "calling up the dead" through poetic performance, Elegies 4.7 and 4.11 adapt the rhetorical topos of mortuos ab inferis excitare best known from Cicero's Pro Caelio, a speech that, in spite of some scholars' emphasis on its comedic and trivializing effects, is rife with politically-charged invective and self-promotion, (8) Cicero's prosopopoeia of Appius Claudius Caecus forms a culminating moment in the speech's political, as well as its strictly forensic, agenda.
188) that the sources show Atticus as an intimate of Appius Claudius
(4th-3rd century B.C.), a high Roman official, initiated the building of the Appian Way, the best road the world had yet seen.
Born the son of Appius Claudius
Caecus and member of a distinguished family (c.
A young Roman plebeian of great beauty, decoyed by Appius Claudius
Crassus, one of the decemvirs, and claimed as his slave.
As with the crisis under Tarquin the Proud, so under Appius Claudius
and the Decemvirs, Rome's salvation came as a result of the abuse of a woman.