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Piracy in De Republic
[In the course of brutally and rapaciously expanding his empire for his own personal gain Alexander "The Great" captured a pirate:]
Alexander asks the fellow, “What is your idea of infesting the sea?”
And the pirate answered, with uninhibited insolence, “The same as yours, in infesting the earth! But because I do it in a tiny craft, I’m called a pirate: because you have a mighty navy, you are called an emperor.”

Cicero, De Republica 3.14.24

posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 22, 2005 01:54PM

In spite of this concept of modernity, the world hasn't really changed much, has it?
posted by Clint Phipps on Sep 22, 2005 01:57PM

It hasn't changed nearly enough.
posted by Cody Phipps on Oct 28, 2005 11:28AM

I agree. no change at all.
posted by pickle style on Dec 30, 2005 01:46PM