[Opimius] offered a bounty of gold for the heads of Flaccus and Gaius—the amount of gold determined by the weight of the head. […] After his body was found, Gaius’s head was duly cut off and secured by a savvy former supporter. The erstwhile Gracchan carried the head home and “bored a hole in the neck, and drawing out the brain, poured in molten lead in its place.” Then he carefully “stuck the head of Gaius on a spear and brought it to Opimius, and when it was placed in a balance it weighed seventeen pounds and two thirds.” Opimius paid him in full.

– Mark Duncan, The Storm Before the Storm: The Beginning of the End of the Roman Republic (2017)

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