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February 07, 2005

My Bad

I have misquoted Cicero in writing:

Brad DeLong's Website: Eddie Lazear on Principled Social Security Reform: As Cicero wrote to his friend Atticus, Cato believed that the Romans lived in rei publicae Platonis while they actually lived in cloacae Romuli--believed that they lived in the Republic of Plato while they actually lived in the sewer of Romulus.

Jahoulih gives the true Latin:

"nam Catonem nostrum non tu amas plus quam ego; sed tamen ille optimo animo utens et summa fide nocet interdum rei publicae; dicit enim tamquam in Platonis *politeiai*, non tamquam in Romuli faece sententiam."

Cicero wrote the word *politeiai* in Greek, in the dative case, since Greek has no ablative.

Posted by DeLong at February 7, 2005 07:17 PM