Page 102. " His name was Pollio "

Claudius here recalls his chance meeting, in the Apollo Library, with two of Rome's most famous historians, Titus Livius (59 BC - 17 AD), the author of The History of Rome, and Gaius Asinius Pollio (75 BC - ?), whose historical works do not survive. Whether such a meeting could ever have happened as Graves describes is open to doubt, since the date of Pollio's death is unclear (according to one source, he died in 4 AD), but Suetonius tells us that Livy knew Claudius, and encouraged his historical researches.  

 

Page 105. " Home we bring the bald whoremonger "

Here Livy and Pollio recall the Gaullish Triumph of Julius Caesar in 46 BC. This is one of the two marching-ballads recorded by Suetonius as having been sung by Caesar's troops:

 

Home we bring our bald whoremonger,
Romans lock your wives away,

All the gold that you have lent him
Went his Gallic whores to pay.

 

The other, recalling Caesar's earlier indiscretion with the King of Bithynia, was:

 

Gaul was buggered by our Caesar,
By King Nicomedus he,
Here comes Caesar, wreathed in laurels,
For his Gallic victory.
Nicomedus wears no laurels,
Though the greatest of the three.