Quotes of the Day for 21 April 2004 – Rome
After the fall of Troy, the Trojans set sail and settled on the coast of Italy. Some while later, a priestess of Vesta by the name of Rea Silvia had twin boys with the god Mars. This angered Vesta, whose priest ordered a servant to kill the twins, who had been named Remus and Romulus. Unable to dispatch them himself, he put the babies in a bag and threw it in the Tiber River. They didn't drown, but were plucked from the river and nursed by a wolf who raised them as her own. When weaned, they were adopted by a shepherd, who years later told them of their history. After killing the priest who ordered their death, they returned to the banks of the river where Lupa the wolf had rescued them and, on this day in 753 BC, laid out the boundaries of their towns. Remus encroached on his brother's plat, so Romulus killed him with a single blow and became the first ruler of Rome. No, I don't believe it either, but today's quotes are about Rome anyway.
Rome had Caesar, a man of remarkable governing talents, although it must be said that a ruler who arouses opponents to resort to assassination is probably not as smart as he ought to be.
- Barbara W. Tuchman, 1912 - 1989
The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful.
- Edward Gibbon, 1737 - 1794
The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
- François Marie Arouet (Voltaire), 1694 - 1778
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.
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, 106 - 43 BC
When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome.
- Miguel de Cervantes, 1547 - 1616
The Roman government gave them bread and circuses. Today we give them bread and elections.
- Will Durant, 1885 - 1981
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