die felix

No friend ever served me, and no enemy ever wronged me, whom I have not repaid in full.

Epitaph of Sulla Felix, roman general and dictator (78 BC)

sulla's last name was not actually felix (translation: "happy" or "fortunate"). it was a nickname given to him by the people of rome, for he had attained true happiness: he killed all his enemies in his great purges and then retired peacefully with no one left to exact revenge on him.

needless to say, he killed a lot of people.

however, legend tells of one child he did not kill. when sulla was executing all the families that posed a threat to him, a group of counselors begged sulla not to kill the young grandson of his enemy who was just a small boy.

sulla showed mercy and let the boy live but issued this warning:

Beware of that boy with the loose clothes.

the boy was julius ceaser.