Saturday, February 11, 2012

Fictional Cicero

I have seen the following quotation many times on the Interwebs. It seems especially popular now, given our current financial crisis:
The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance. -- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 55 BC
Very inspiring. Except that I cannot find the original Latin. Paul Boller and John George hint strongly that it is a recent forgery.

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