Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Bread and Circuses

Today's post quote was borrowed from the blog "Snarky Bitch". I have thought on this since I first read it. I can't stop thinking about it. It is disturbing, in that is seems eerily apt.

Civilizations rise and fall.

There truly is "nothing new under the sun".

How very tragic. For us.

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… iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, panem et circenses.
(Juvenal, Satire 10.77–81)

… Already long ago, from when we sold our vote to no man, the People have abdicated our duties; for the People who once upon a time handed out military command, high civil office, legions — everything, now restrains itself and anxiously hopes for just two things: bread and circuses.

Do not blame Caesar, blame the people of Rome who have so enthusiastically acclaimed and adored him and rejoiced in their loss of freedom and danced in his path and gave him triumphal processions…

Blame the people who hail him when he speaks in the Forum of the ‘new, wonderful good society’ which shall now be Rome’s, interpreted to mean ‘more money, more ease, more security, more living fatly at the expense of the industrious.’
Julius was always an ambitious villain, but he is only one man.”


– Cicero

1 comment:

A Joyful Chaos said...

Why don't people learn from history? Thanks for sharing this thought provoking post.