C. Plinius Caecilius Secundus

Nam cum Corneliam Vestalium maximam defodere vivam concupisset, ut qui inlustrari saeculum suum eiusmodi exemplis arbitraretur, pontificis maximi iure, seu potius immanitate tyranni licentia domini, reliquos pontifices non in Regiam sed in Albanam villam convocavit.

He had made up his mind to bury alive Cornelia, the chief priestess of the Vestal Virgins, with the idea of making his age famous by an example of this kind. Acting on his powers as Chief Pontiff, or rather displaying a tyrant's cruelty and a despot's license, he summoned the other priests to meet at his Alban palace instead of in the Regia.

Reprinted by permission of the publishers and the Trustees of the Loeb Classical Library from C. Plinius Caecilius Secundus: Volume I. Books 1-7, Loeb Classical Library Vol. 55, translated by Betty Radice, Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, © 1969, by the President and Fellows of Harvard College. The Loeb Classical Library ® is a registered trademark of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.