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Monday, April 15, 2013

Quotes from Cicero and Caesar

I have been writing short epistles about the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, I have noted that these blogs are popular and well read. I decided to search the internet and see what others are writing about the Roman decline and American imitation of the collapse. Wow, I am really out of the main stream of internet blogs with my views. Rome is clearly the cautionary story, we are certainly doomed if we do not study history. I found the following quote from Cicero, circa 55 BC.

“The budget should be balanced.
The treasury should be refilled.
Public debt should be reduced.
The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled.
Assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt.
Instead of living on public assistance, people must learn to work.”

Wow again, like super wow, we ARE repeating the Roman disaster! Unfortunately, there is no evidence that Cicero ever said any such thing, not even close. This does indicate that I am far from the standard on the America-is-like-Rome allegory. I need to make up my own Cicero quote.

“Rome’s greatness requires virtuous leadership.
Public funds must be immediately committed to the betterment of all citizens.
All immigrants must be welcomed with honorable citizenship.
The rich must commit their funds to the public good.
All citizens should receive the best Roman education.
The Senate should improve the aqueducts and public roadways.
The Roman soldier's pay needs be increased.”
Cicero, 53 B.C.

I should also note Julius Caesar’s famous reply to Cicero and the Roman Senate in 52 B.C. 

“Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears,
Our military ventures have been deceived.
We fight the great Persian Empire of evil without perception.
Recall that we mistakenly believed they had advanced chariots.
That they inflamed the Grecian youth with false ideas.
Let us amend our thoughts.
Let us balance our needs with our abilities.”
Julius Caesar, 52 B.C.

I do hope this gets me back into the good grace of the blogosphere. I can make up stuff as well as anyone.

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