"remember how Suetonius describes his body being borne away on the litter"

 Suetonius (c.70-135 A.D.) was a Roman historian, the author of The Twelve Caesars, which describes lives of the first twelve emperors of the Roman Empire from Julius Caesar to Domitian. Suetonius wrote that, after Julius Caesar's murder: "All the conspirators made off, and he lay there lifeless for some time, until finally three common slaves put him on a litter and carried him home, with one arm hanging down." (translated by J.C. Rolfe)