The Cancel Culture They’re Really Afraid Of

Appian 3, 1.9

“Persuaded by these arguments, the Senate voted for the cancellation of debts for all Romans and immunity for the public enemies at the time.”

οἷς ἡ βουλὴ πεισθεῖσα τὰς μὲν τῶν χρεῶν ἀποκοπὰς ἐψηφίσατο πᾶσι Ῥωμαίοις, τοῖς δὲ τότε ἐχθροῖς καὶ ἄδειαν

Aristotle, Constitution of Athens

“In his laws [Solon] appears to have established these conventions as democratic: before he legislated, he carried out he cancellation of debts and after that the standardizing of the measures, weights, and currency.”

Ἐν μὲν οὖν τοῖς νόμοις ταῦτα δοκεῖ θεῖναι δημοτικά, πρὸ δὲ τῆς νομοθεσίας ποιήσας τὴν τῶν χρεῶν ἀποκοπὴν καὶ μετὰ ταῦτα τήν τε τῶν μέτρων καὶ σταθμῶν καὶ τὴν τοῦ νομίσματος αὔξησιν

Plutarch’s Moralia: On the Fortune of Alexander 343d

“Solon carried out the cancellation of debts in Athens, naming it “shaking-off-burdens”; Alexander, however, paid off what debtors owed himself!”

Σόλων χρεῶν ἀποκοπὴν ἐν Ἀθήναις ἐποίησε, σεισάχθειαν προσαγορεύσας· Ἀλέξανδρος δὲ τὰ χρέα τοῖς δανείσασιν ὑπὲρ τῶν ὀφειλόντων αὐτὸς ἐξέτισε.

Sallust, War with Catiline  21

“Then Catiline promised the cancelling of debts, the slaughter of the rich, magistracies, priesthoods, seizures—all those things that war and the corruption of victors offers.”

Tum Catilina polliceri tabulas novas, proscriptionem locupletium, magistratus, sacerdotia, rapinas, alia omnia quae bellum atque lubido victorum fert.

Livy, AUC 32.38

“He had an assembly called and promised two things: a cancellation of debts and a redistribution of lands, dual torches kindling revolution of the people against the elites.”

contione inde advocata rogationes promulgavit, unam de tabulis novis, alteram de agro viritim dividendo, duas faces novantibus res ad plebem in optimates accendendam.

by Quintin Massys, c. 1520 see

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