Note 003
From Chapter 6 of the Decline & Fall

About the year 186 M. de Tillemont is miserably embarrassed with a passage of Dion, in which the empress Faustina, who died in the year 175, is introduced as having contributed to the marriage of Severus and Julia (1. lxxiv. p. 1243). The learned compiler forgot, that Dion is relating, not a real fact, but a dream of Severus; and dreams are circumscribed to no limits of time or space. Did M. de Tillemont imagine that marriages were consumated in the temple of Venus at Rome. Hist. des Empereurs, tom. iii. p. 389, Note 6.

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