According to the historian and biographer SUETONIUS (Caius Suetonius Tranquillus, c. AD 70 – 140), who wrote in particular “The Lives of the Twelve Caesars” (“De vita duodecim Caesarum libri”).
In AD 66, Berenice, princess of Judaea who became queen of Galilee, she began a love affair with Titus, son of the Roman emperor Vespasian. Under pressure of her unpopularity among the Romans, Titus sent Berenice back to Galilee on his accession as emperor in 79.
“Invitus invitam, Titus Berenicem dimisit” wrote Suetonius. (In spite of himself in spite of herself, Titus dismissed Berenice.)
This love passion inspired several authors, including the French dramatist Jean RACINE (1639 – 1699) who wrote his tragedy « Bérénice » in 1670.