What have we learned in the last 2,067 years?

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“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.” – Cicero, 55 BC

Evidently, we learned nothing.

Mid-1st Century AD bust of Cicero in the Capitoline Museums

Marcus Tullius Cicero (January 3, 106 BC – December 7, 43 BC) was a Roman philosopher, statesman, lawyer, orator, political theorist, Roman consul and constitutionalist.
The peak of Cicero’s authority and prestige came during the 18th-century Enlightenment, and his impact on leading Enlightenment thinkers such as John Locke, David Hume, and Montesquieu was substantial. His works rank among the most influential in European culture, and today still constitute one of the most important bodies of primary material for the writing and revision of Roman history, especially the last days of the Roman Republic.
During the chaotic latter half of the 1st century BC marked by civil wars and the dictatorship of Gaius Julius Caesar, Cicero championed a return to the traditional republican government. Following Julius Caesar’s death Cicero became an enemy of Mark Antony in the ensuing power struggle. Cicero was declared an enemy of the state by the Second Triumvirate and subsequently murdered in 43 BC.
H/t my sis-in-law Shireen.

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0 responses to “What have we learned in the last 2,067 years?

  1. Sage advice for all ages. Thanks Dr. E.

  2. He was a very remarkable person on many levels; his style of writing and speaking were unique, and changed Latin as a language! He was a conservative-minded actor on many levels, and served all Rome well in so being.

  3. Cicero never challenged Roman slavery, which was among the most brutal in history, but he was more humane than his contemporaries. He preferred to have his farms worked by tenants rather than by slaves.

  4. Thank you Shireen and Dr. Eowyn for this post! The leftist leaders and the civilian leftists have lost their moral compass. I do believe we are on our way to getting that compass back where it should be and on the way to victory in November of 2012 to throw out all of these idiots in power!

  5. Something else we haven’t learned after 2,000 years from Jesus Christ:
    Luke 11:46
    And He said, “Woe to you also, lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
    Luke 11:52
    “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”


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