In this post we present and discuss an excerpt from Diodorus Siculus‘ “The Library of History“. Continue reading “The timeless behavior of political crooks”
In this post we present and discuss an excerpt from Valerius Maximus.
In this post we present and discuss two excerpts from the ancient poet Theognis. Continue reading “Theognis; how to avoid tyranny inside a polity”
That all existing things are subject to decay and change is a truth that scarcely needs proof; for the course of nature is sufficient to force this conviction on us. Continue reading “Polybius on the decay of states”
The constitution of Carthage seems to me to have been originally well contrived as regards its most distinctive points. Continue reading “The constitution of Carthage & The superiority of the Roman commonwealth”
To me it seems that as far as regards the maintenance of concord among the citizens, the security of the Laconian territory and the preservation of the freedom of Sparta, the legislation of Lycurgus and the foresight he exhibited were so admirable that one is forced to regard his institutions as of divine rather than human origin. Continue reading “Polybius’ criticism on the constitution of Sparta”