Melissa is Caecilius ' slave girl. She first appears in Stage 3, when Caecilius is in the forum, and buys a slave from Syphax. Syphax begins to tell Caecilius about how skilled Melissa is, and so Caecilius eventually buys Melissa. At first Metella does not like Melissa, but later on in the book she does. She's a bit of a thot, but it's alright.