Thursday, July 17, 2008

Tacitus - regarding the Vatican.

"Meanwhile the soldiers, as their numbers overflowed the crowded camp, dispersed throughout the porticoes, the temples, and the whole capital, did not know their own headquarters, kept no watch, and ceased to brace themselves by toil. Amidst the allurements of the city and all shameful excesses, they wasted their strength in idleness, and their energies in riot. At last, reckless even of health, a large portion of them quartered themselves in the notoriously pestilential neighborhood of the Vatican; hence ensued a great mortality in the ranks."

I guess some things are timeless - including criticism of the Vatican! This was from Histories II.93.

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