She dispensed mercy, salvation, redemption. She is the consummate earth mother, also—like most mothers—something of a canny, omnicompetent, behind-the-scenes magician.
Crassus claimed that no one was truly rich if he could not afford to maintain an army.
The Senate was a less than cohesive body, invested in private agendas and by no means unanimously inclined toward Caesar’s.
Note: Feel familiar?
In the ancient world too women schemed while men strategized; there was a great gulf, elemental and eternal, between the adventurer and the adventuress.
Note: Another (ancient) example of 'She's a slut, he's a stud.'