chapter  VII
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The life of a sponge?

Despite the rather inconclusive end to his campaign, Lucullus, on his return to Rome in 66, must have had every hope that his expectation of a triumph would be fulfilled. He had, of course, been slandered but enough was known for everybody to see that his achievement was considerable and worthy of this public acknowledgement. Certainly, there is no reason to suppose that those in the senate who had deplored his extended command would grudge him such an honour. The opposition came, rather, from a familiar quarter: a tribune anxious to use to the full the powers recently restored to his office.