Thursday, August 26, 2004



In one of his letters to Atticus (1.16.12) Cicero quotes a saying of Philip of Macedon, who was Alexander the Great's father:
He used to say that all fortresses could be captured into which only a donkey laden with gold could climb.

omnia castella expugnari posse dicebat in quae modo asellus onustus auro posset ascendere.
This could be paraphrased and modified as follows:
Every legislature can be corrupted into which a lobbyist carrying a briefcase full of cash can walk.

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