Cassius Dio

Cassius Dio (Roman politician and historian, 163-235)

“Immortality is a state which it is not in our power to possess, but by living nobly and dying nobly we do in a certain measure achieve this condition.”

  • From Cassius Dio’s The Roman History (Book 53, chapter 9), translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert (Penguin Classics, 1987). Dio wrote this quote in the character of Octavian for a scene where Octavian gives a speech about remaining in power as a dictator.


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