February 07, 2005
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