One House Has Fallen, But More Should

Plautus,  Captives 484

“I knew right away it was done through conspiracy”

…sciui extemplo rem de compecto geri


Dionysius of Halicarnassus, Demosthenes 3

“Someone would have to have no perception or tolerate anything if he still hands himself over to people who want to do wrong and take the blame himself for their conspiracy and evil.”

 ἢ γὰρ ἀναίσθητος ἢ καρτερώτατός ἐστιν, ὅστις ἐξαμαρτάνειν ἑαυτὸν ἔτι παρέξει τοῖς βουλομένοις καὶ τῆς ἑτέρων ἐπιβουλῆς τε καὶ κακίας αὐτὸς ὑποσχήσει τὰς αἰτίας.

Ovid, Metamorphosis 1.240-244

“One house has fallen, but more than a single house
Ought to follow. Fierce Fury rules as far as the earth expands.
You should consider this a conspiracy of crime. Let them all quickly pay
The consequences they’ve earned. That’s what’s right, I say.”

occidit una domus, sed non domus una perire
digna fuit: qua terra patet, fera regnat Erinys.
in facinus iurasse putes! dent ocius omnes,
quas meruere pati, (sic stat sententia) poenas.


Dio Cassius, Roman History 46.8

“You always envy the stronger man; you always mock the prominent one, slander the honored, and blackmail the powerful. You hate all good people the same and you pretend to love only those you hope to use to do some evil.”

φθονεῖς ἀεὶ τῷ κρείττονι, βασκαίνεις ἀεὶ τὸν προήκοντα, διαβάλλεις τὸν προτετιμημένον, συκοφαντεῖς τὸν δεδυνημένον, καὶ μισεῖς μὲν τοὺς ἀγαθοὺς ὁμοίως πάντας, προσποιῇ δὲ δὴ φιλεῖν ἐκείνους μόνους δι᾿ ὧν ἂν κακουργήσειν τι προσδοκήσῃς.

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Bust of Nero in the Capitoline Museum, By cjh1452000 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,