- Aug 2011
- The Castle Anthrax
I just read yesterday in Josephus the story of how his statue was never erected in the temple at Jerusalem despite Caius's determination. Josephus: Antiquities of the Jews, Book XVIII
I was intrigued by the story of Petronius disobeying Caius and the arrival of Caius's letter to Petronius, instructing him to kill himself, after the letter announcing Caius's death. Which effectively spared Petronius.
And thus did Agrippa venture to cast the die upon this occasion: so great was the affair in his opinion, and in reality: though he knew how dangerous a thing it was so to speak.
He wrote thus to Petronius: “Seeing thou esteemest the presents made thee by the Jews to be of greater value than my commands; and art grown insolent enough to be subservient to their pleasure, I charge thee to become thy own judge; and to consider what thou art to do, now thou art under my displeasure.
This was the epistle which Caius wrote to Petronius. But Petronius did not receive it while Caius was alive: that ship which carried it sailing so slow, that other letters came to Petronius before this; by which he understood that Caius was dead.