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Nothing happens to anyone that he is not fitted by nature to bear

#qt2030119 / read by Shriram-60

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And the emperor was heartbroken. The little bee had wounded him more deeply than anyone else could ever have done.

#qt0404447-d / read by Teja-84

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Tell me what you've been doing busy little bee or I shall strike down those dearest to you. You shall watch as I bathe in their blood.

#qt0404447-c / read by Narmadha-83

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They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something.

#qt0404447-b / read by Narmadha-83

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If you're very good, tomorrow night I'll tell you the story of emperor Claudius who was betrayed by those closest to him, by his own blood.

#qt0404447-a / read by Shuja-34

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Won't you accept this great honor that I have offered you?

#qt0404441 / read by Shriram-60

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Let us pretend that you are a loving daughter, and I am a good father.

#qt0404426 / read by Shriram-60

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I was the best because the crowd loved me. Win the crowd and you will win your freedom.

#qt0404423-b / read by Shriram-60

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Listen to me. _Learn_ from me. I was not the best because I killed quickly.

#qt0404423-a / read by Shriram-60

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You sold me... queer giraffes. I want my money back.

#qt0404422-b / read by Teja-84

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Those giraffes you sold me, they won't mate. They just walk around, eating, and not mating.

#qt0404422-a / read by Shriram-60

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Brothers, what we do in life... echoes in eternity.

#qt0404418-d / read by Teja-84

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For you are in Elysium, and you're already dead!

#qt0404418-c / read by Shriram-60

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If you find yourself alone, riding in the green fields with the sun on your face, do not be troubled.

#qt0404418-b / read by Shriram-60

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Three weeks from now, I will be harvesting my crops.

#qt0404418-a / read by Teja-84

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He'll bring them death - and they will love him for it.

#qt0404414-e / read by Shriram-60

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The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it's the sand of the coliseum.

#qt0404414-d / read by Teja-84

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I think he knows what Rome is. Rome is the mob.

#qt0404414-b / read by Shriram-60

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Fear and wonder, a powerful combination.

#qt0404414-a / read by Teja-84

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Save the bulls. Honor Maximus. He won the battle.

#qt0404413-c / read by Shriram-60

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Father, congratulations. I shall sacrifice a hundred bulls to honor your triumph.

#qt0404413-b / read by Teja-84

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Have I missed it? Have I missed the battle?

#qt0404413-a / read by Shriram-60

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Ancestors, I honor you and will try to live with the dignity that you have taught me.

#qt0404409-e / read by Teja-84

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Whisper to them that I live only to hold them again, for all else is dust and _air_.

#qt0404409-d / read by Shuja-34

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Blessed father, watch over my wife and son with a ready sword.

#qt0404409-c / read by Shriram-60

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Blessed mother, come to me with the Gods' desire for my future.

#qt0404409-b / read by Teja-84

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Ancestors, I ask you for your guidance.

#qt0404409-a / read by Shriram-60

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Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.

#qt0404401-f / read by Teja-84

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My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the TRUE emperor, Marcus Aurelius.

#qt0404401-e / read by Narmadha-83

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How dare you show your back to me! Slave, you will remove your helmet and tell me your name.

#qt0404401-d / read by Shuja-34

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Why doesn't the hero reveal himself and tell us all your real name? You do have a name.

#qt0404401-c / read by Shriram-60

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As for this young man, he insists you are Hector reborn. Or was it Hercules?

#qt0404401-b / read by Teja-84

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Your fame is well deserved, _Spaniard_. I don't think there's ever been a gladiator to match you.

#qt0404401-a / read by Narmadha-83

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.. it was so fragile. And I fear that it will not survive the winter.

#qt0404396-j / read by Subhajit-81

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There was once a dream that was Rome. You could only whisper it. Anything more than a whisper and it would vanish...

#qt0404396-i / read by Shuja-34

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Or will I be the emperor who gave Rome back her true self?

#qt0404396-h / read by Shuja-34

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Will I be known as the philosopher? The warrior? The tyrant...?

#qt0404396-g / read by Narmadha-83

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How will the world speak my name in years to come?

#qt0404396-f / read by Shuja-34

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I am dying, Maximus. When a man sees his end... he wants to know there was some purpose to his life.

#qt0404396-e / read by Shriram-60

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Yet you have never been there. You have not seen what it has become.

#qt0404396-d / read by Teja-84

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I've seen much of the rest of the world. It is brutal and cruel and dark, Rome is the light.

#qt0404396-c / read by Teja-84

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Two thousand will never leave this place. I will not believe that they fought and died for nothing.

#qt0404396-b / read by Shuja-34

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Five thousand of my men are out there in the freezing mud. Three thousand of them are bloodied and cleaved.

#qt0404396-a / read by Narmadha-83

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And what could be more glorious than to challenge the Emperor himself in the great arena?

#qt0404392-c / read by Subhajit-81

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But now, the people want to know how the story ends. Only a famous death will do.

#qt0404392-b / read by Narmadha-83

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The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an emperor. Striking story!

#qt0404392-a / read by Shuja-34

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Today I saw a slave become more powerful than the Emperor of Rome.

#qt0404390 / read by Shuja-34

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Father. I would have butcher the whole world... if you would only love me!

#qt0404384-m / read by Shuja-34

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All I've ever wanted was to live up to you, Caesar. Father.

#qt0404384-k / read by Narmadha-83

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Would have been like the sun on my heart for a thousand years. What is it in me that you hate so much?

#qt0404384-j / read by Shuja-34

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One kind word, one full hug... where you pressed me to your chest and held me tight.

#qt0404384-i / read by Narmadha-83

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I search the faces of the gods... for ways to please you, to make you proud.

#qt0404384-h / read by Teja-84

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But none of my virtues were on your list. Even then it was as if you didn't want me for your son.

#qt0404384-g / read by Narmadha-83

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but... there are many forms of courage. Devotion, to my family and to you.

#qt0404384-f / read by Narmadha-83

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Ambition. That can be a virtue when it drives us to excel. Resourcefulness, courage, perhaps not on the battlefield

#qt0404384-e / read by Narmadha-83

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As I read the list, I knew I had none of them. But I have other virtues, father. Ambition.

#qt0404384-d / read by Narmadha-83

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You wrote to me once, listing the four chief virtues: Wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance.

#qt0404384-c / read by Narmadha-83

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My decision disappoints you?

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My powers will pass to Maximus, to hold in trust until the Senate is ready to rule once more.

#qt0404384-a / read by Narmadha-83

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