A day in the life of…
Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus, Around 43 BC.
I only arrived this week from abandoning my studies in Apollonia and having to sail across the Adriatic sea, now I guess I’m called Gaius Julius Caesar Octavianus; it’s so crazy to think that someone like me humbly born of the plebeian Gens Octavia; though, granted my father was wealthy, could ever gain such an established status within the Roman republic. The jet lag is still taking its toll though, and in some ways I miss the calmer atmosphere of Apollonia – Rome is hectic. This morning I just made a quick sacrifice to Jupiter, then took my new chariot for a ride into the market for some elderflowers, rosemary, betony and lime flowers – just the essentials for my headache remedy. Everyone in the market-place went wild – which didn’t help my headache. I was just leaning over to buy a bunch of grapes, when the man selling them at the stall just tossed them at me, shouting ‘Divus Iulius’. It’s going to take a while to get used to this respect, but I can live with it. Thanks again Caesar.
When I came home, I had an epiphany while recling in the triclinium. I realised I have my maternal great Uncle Julius Caesar to thank for my new social status within the Republic. Therefore, I can only see it as right to use it to avenge him and restore stability to the Republic – it’s what Rome needs, and what Caesar would have wanted.
I’m going to meet Mark Antony in person later today, after my slaves finish preparing the dinner. Today it’s oysters with garum, then some bread, cheese and grapes of course for after. But I’m not certain of Mark’s intentions, after all he didn’t punish the conspirators for what they did to Caesar – I might have to change that. And from the letters I have received from him, he certainly doesn’t consider me a political threat, which I guess is lucky for me but I’m still only 18, I have my whole life ahead of me and much of the Roman populace support me already, so maybe he should reconsider his preconceptions.
But we’ll see how the meeting goes and I’ll keep you updated.
Valete for now x[Painted Garden, ‘Villa of Livia’ (wife of Augustus in 39 BC) fresco, 30-20 B.C.E.]