Monday, June 30, 2008

Appius Claudius upbraids the peaceniks.

"...For in the upshot liberty has come to mean at Rome, that a man respect neither senate nor magistrates, nor laws, nor ancestral customs, nor institutions of the fathers, nor military discipline."

This is part of a speech recorded by Livy when agitators tried to grab power and derail the siege of Veii about 400BC. Somehow it seems so modern.

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