"When [Cicero’s] severed head and hands were delivered by the bounty hunters, Fulvia, Clodius’s widow and now Antony’s wife, hurried to gloat. Picking up the grisly souvenirs, she spat on Cicero’s head, then yanked out his tongue and stabbed it with a hairpin. Only when she had finished mutilating it was she willing to have the head exposed to the public. The hand that had written the great speeches against Antony was nailed up too. Silenced and pin-pricked as it was, exposed to the gaze of the Roman people, the tongue was eloquent still. Cicero had been the incomparable political orator of the Republic- and now the age of oratory and free politics was dead."
~ Tom Holland, Rubicon: The Last Years of the Roman Republic (via rhaegartargaryen)
Detail from the Arch of Septimius Severus in the Forum, Rome. Early 3rd Century AD. Like many other high relief panels on the monument, this section depicts scenes of Roman soldiers and captive barbarians.