Caligula




 
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January 23rd, 2004  
Redneck
 
 

Topic: Caligula


Let them hate me as long as they fear me.
- Caligula
January 23rd, 2004  
D_Plus_One
 
I have:
"Let them hate, so long as they fear."
-Lucius Accius

That is the translation from Latin, I found it on a website, and put it in my book.
January 24th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
I think it fits Caligula better. They both hated and feared him.
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January 24th, 2004  
D_Plus_One
 
It might fit him better, but he didn't say it first, Lucius Accius lived from 170 BC - 86 BC and lived as a poet in Rome.

Caligula came into power at 25 in the year 37 CE, so it is clear who the quote should be attributed to.
January 24th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Unless Accius never said it at all, did you consider that? I have nothing invested in this quote and really am ok with it either way, but for a claim like that I would think it necessary to have some proof to show that my source was wrong in the first place.
Anyway, what kind of person would be scared of a poet?
January 24th, 2004  
FutureRANGER
 
 
Thats a good point...

However, I am wrong. It turns out Lucius Accius did say it. "Oderint dum metuant." Caligula merely adopted it as a motto and is more widely know for it.

Source - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucius_Accius
January 24th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Works for me.
BUT - it does say it is "attributed" to Accius, so we need a stronger case for it if you want to take it to court.

Just being difficult here.
January 24th, 2004  
D_Plus_One
 
Just because he said it, doesn't mean he was talking about himself. It could be from a poem, it could be many things. He could have been talking about a different leader as well. 8)
January 24th, 2004  
Redneck
 
 
Haha, you put way too much work into this, FutureRanger. Alright, I concede.