December 14, 2015

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“We Can Endure Neither Our Vices Nor The Remedies Needed To Cure Them:” Livy

“My wish is that each reader will pay closest attention to the following: how men lived, what their moral principle were, under what leaders and by what measures at home and abroad our empire was won and extended; then let him follow in his mind how, as discipline broke down bit by bit, morality at first foundered; how it next subsided in ever greater collapse and then began to topple headlong into ruin- until the advent of our own age, in which we can endure neither our vices nor the remedies needed to cure them.”

Livy: The Rise Of Rome. Books One to Five. Translated by T.J. Luce (London: Oxford Classics 1998)

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