epistula Cephali

epistula Cephali

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  • After Cephalus died, Cognidubnus' slave handed the king a letter written by Cephalus himself
  • King Cognidubnus, you are in great danger. Memor is insane. He wants you dead. He orders me to carry out the affair. I was reluctant to obey Memor. Perhaps you do not trust me, but I want to tell you about the whole affair.
  • When you arrived to this bath, looking for the cure, Memor summoned me to his house as quickly as possilble. Having entered the house, I found Memor terrified. I was astonished. I had never seen Memor so greatly terrified.
  • Memor's house
  • Memor said to me, "The emperor wants Cognidubnus dead, I order you to manage this task. I order you to prepare the poison. It is necessary for you to kill him. For Cognidubnus is a man of evil character."I respond to Memor, "You made a big mistake. Cognidubnus is a man of good character. I do not want to do such a thing."
  • Memor was angry,"Wicked! You are my ex-slave and you were my slave. I set you free and gave you lots of money. I order you to make up what you owe. Why do you obstruct me?"King Cognidubnus, I stubbornly refused for a long time, I recalled your acts of kindness. However, Memor summoned the guards, who beat me. Having been nearly killed by the guards, I gave into Memor at last.
  • Having returned to the house, I unwillingly prepared the poison. However I wrote this letter and handed it to a loyal slave. I ordered the slave to hand the letter over to you. I seek mercy, although I committed a wicked crime. Memor is guilty. Memor forced me to carry out this task. You should punish Memor, not me.
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