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Gaius Mucius Scaevola: a legendary assassin said to have burnt his right hand away as a show of bravery during the early years of the Roman Republic... "Watch this," he declared. "so that you know how cheap the body is to men who have their eye on great glory." Mucius thrust his right hand into a fire which was lit for sacrifice and held it there without giving any indication of pain, thereby earning for himself and his descendants the cognomen Scaevola, meaning 'left-handed'. The Clusian king Lars Porsena, shocked at the youth's bravery, dismissed him from the Etruscan camp, free to return to Rome saying "Go back, since you do more harm to yourself than me". At the same time, the king also sent ambassadors to Rome to offer peace.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaius_Mucius_Scaevola