• I remember when all this was chariot racing…

    by  • December 12, 2009 • noticed, thinking • 0 Comments

    Whilst reclining in a very hot (and very well deserved) bath, reading A History of Histories: Epics, Chronicles, Romances and Inquiries from Herodotus and Thucydides to the Twentieth Century I came across the following (slightly edited by me)

    “As soon as wealth came to be a mark of distinction and an easy way to renown [...] virtue began to decline.  Poverty was now looked on as a disgrace and a blameless life as a sign of ill-nature.  Riches made the younger generation a prey to luxury, avarice and pride [...].  Honour and modesty, all laws divine and human, were alike disregarded in a spirit of recklessness and intemperance.”

    (From Sallust, Catiline 10.6)

    You could have lifted that from last year’s reviews of the year.

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