Monday, October 11, 2004


Tiberius on Taxes

Suetonius, Life of Tiberius 32.2 (tr. J.C. Rolfe):
To the governors who recommended burdensome taxes for the provinces, he wrote in answer that it was the part of a good shepherd to shear his flock, not skin it.

praesidibus onerandas tributo provincias suadentibus rescripsit boni pastoris esse tondere pecus, non deglubere.

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