Wednesday, May 05, 2021


Delicta Maiorum Immeritus Lues, Guglielme

Robert Tombs, "The daftest lecture in wokery yet: Iconic Prime Minister William Gladstone loathed slavery. But because his father once owned them, Liverpool University has replaced his name on a building with a communist activist," Daily Mail (May 4, 2021).

Cf. Horace, Odes 3.6.1 (tr. Niall Rudd):
Though guiltless, you will continue to pay for the sins of your forefathers...

Delicta maiorum immeritus lues...
Or, in Gladstone's own translation:
Thy father's crimes, though guiltless, thou shalt rue...
Hat tip: A friend.

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