21 First when the pirates demanded a ransom of twenty talents Caesar burst out laughing They did not know he said who it was that they had captured and he volunteered to pay fifty 22 Then when he had sent his followers to the various cities in order to raise the money and was left with one friend and two servants among these Cilicians about the most bloodthirsty people in the world he treated them so highhandedly that whenever he wanted to sleep he would send to them and tell them to stop talking 23 For thirty-eight days with the greatest unconcern he joined in all their games and exer- cises just as if he was their leader instead of their prisoner 24 He also wrote poems and speeches which he read aloud to them and if they failed to ad- mire his work he would call them to their faces illiterate savages and would often laughingly threaten to have them all hanged They were much taken with this and attributed his freedom of speech to a kind of simplicity in his character or boyish playlulness 25 However the ransom arrived from Miletus and as soon as he had paid it and been set free he immediately manned some ships and set sail from the harbor of Miletus against the pirates He found them still there lying at anchor off the island and he captured nearly all of them 26 He took their property as spoils of war and put the men themselves into the prison at Pergamon He then went in person to Marcus Junius the governorof Asia thinking it proper that he as praetor in charge of the province should see to the punishment of the prisoners 27 Junius however cast longing eyes at the money which came to a considerable sum and kept saying that he needed time to look into the caseCaesar paid no further attention to him He went to Pergamon took the pirates out of prison and crucified the lot of them just as he had often told them he would do when he was on the island and they imagined that he was jok- ing Julius Caesar patron saint of trolls by evil_mipmie_de MORE MEMES Meme
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