Cassius Dio

Cassius Dio (c. 163-235)

“To tolerate the offences of the great mass of citizens is a task which demands great prudence and great power, but if anyone were to punish them all indiscriminately as they deserve, he would destroy before he knew it the greater part of mankind.”

  • From Cassius Dio’s The Roman History (Book 55, chapter 20), translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert (Penguin Classics, 1987). Dio wrote this quote in the character of Livia, Augustus’ wife, in a scene where she gives advice to her husband.


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