Supping with Lucullus

Lucullus was famous for the extravagance of his meals.  He had certain rooms set aside on his estate for guests of certain rank, so he had only to give the name of a room in order to ensure that his servants knew what sort of feast to set.  He was once ambushed by two friends who wanted to have merely a simple meal with him.  They stayed with him as he told his slave to prepare a simple meal, but by specifying the room, he was able to get around his friends’ plans and prepare a sumptuous banquet for them after all.  One night, having no dining companion, his servant asked him whether he wished for a simple mean, since he was alone.  “Don’t you know?’ he replied.  “Tonight, Lucullus sups with Lucullus!”

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