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Caesar's wife - above suspicion?

In 61 BC, Julius Caesar's second wife, Pompeia was implicated in a scandal* following the annual Feast of the Great Goddess. Though men were not admitted to this religious ritual, the notorious profligate Publius Clodius allegedly disguised himself as a woman and seduced her. Caesar divorced Pompeia and an inquiry was held. However, although several members of Caesar's family gave evidence, Caesar himself did not and the court asked him why he had demanded a divorce when so much uncertainty surrounded the incident. "Caesar's wife," he replied, "must be above suspicion."

* In Roman myth, Bona Dea (Lat. "the Good Goddess ") was a divinity also known as Fauna or Fatua and described as the sister, daughter or wife of Faunus. Her worship was exclusively confined to women; men were not even allowed to know her name. Being the goddess of fertility, her rites degenerated from rustic simplicity in their original environment to unseemly license in the metropolis. The matrons of the noblest families in Rome met by night in the house of the highest official of the state. Only women were permitted to attend. The scandal arose when Clodius, an aristocratic profligate who was in love with Caesar's wife, Pompeia, assumed female disguise to gain admittance to the festival.

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