Paying profession

The childless old man and woman (orbus, orba) and their courtiers (captatores), who were after their money, were a joke and a scandal at Rome in the early Empire. Calvia Crispinilla, a disreputable old noblewoman at Nero's court, survived his fall and enjoyed great influence from her wealth and childlessness.

Note by H Mattingly to Germania by Tacitus

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