Cassius Dio

Cassius Dio (Roman statesman and historian, c. 163-235)

“Certainly the best way for you to discover exactly what each man thinks is to give him the assurance that his opinion cannot be identified among all the others.”

  • From Cassius Dio’s The Roman History (Book 52, chapter 33), translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert (Penguin Classics, 1987). Dio wrote this quote in the character of Maecenas for a scene where Octavian was hearing advice from his advisors before deciding if Rome should become a democracy or remain dictatorial.


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