THE SECOND TRIUMVIRATE
«When the forces of the triumvirs were assembled at Bononia, an eagle that had perched upon his tent made a dash at two ravens, which attacked it on either side, and struck them to the ground. From this the whole army inferred that there would one day be discord among the colleagues, as actually came to pass, and divined its result.»(Suetonius, Augustus, 96.) English translation is by J. C. Rolfe The miniature above depicts Aemilius, no more than a young boy, going into battle and saving the life of a Roman citizen. "Aemilius Lepidus", illumination from the manuscript "Les Fais et les Dis des Romains et de autres gens", ms. Harley 4374, f. 161r, between 1473 and c. 1480, British Library, London.