While the Roman senate was debating a conspiracy to overthrow the government, Julius Caesar (100– 44 BCE) received a note. Cato (95–46 BCE), who opposed Caesar, accused him of corresponding with enemies of the state and demanded to be allowed to read the message. What was it?

Answer: The note was a love letter from Cato’s own sister. Furious, Cato threw the note back to Caesar saying, “keep it, you drunkard” and returned to the debate.

Source: Encyclopedia of Women in the Ancient World by Joyce E. Salisbury

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