Julius Caesar had a devout attendant in his slave Brittanicus, who, although he had not learnt swimming, clung to the tail of his master’s horse and crossed a lagoon during a military campaign.
While celebrating victory, Caesar mentioned this brave deed and added, “Such are not the acts of a slave.” Brittanicus said, “I was born free, Caesar!”
“And yet they call you Caesar’s slave.”
Brittanicus had the last word: “Only as Caesar’s slave have I found real freedom!”
Extract from the Pages of ‘Practical Philosophy…’