Sententiae in Antiquitatem: Johnson on Augustus

“He observed of Lord Bute, ‘it was said of Augustus, that it would have been better for Rome that he had never been born, or had never died.'”

-Boswell, Life of Johnson, p. 605 (New York: The Modern Library)

 

NOTE: I do not know off the top of my head from whom Johnson pulled this notion. If anyone happens to recall an ancient sentiment roughly approximating this one, please let us know in the comments!