Sallust: When Riches Are Held in Honor …

“As soon as riches came to be held in honor, and brought glory, imperium, and power, virtue grew dull; poverty was seen as disgraceful, innocence as malevolence. Therefore, because of wealth, our youths were seized by luxury, greed and pride; they stole and squandered; reckoning their own property of little worth, they coveted other peoples’;contemptuous of modesty and chastity, of everything divine or human, they were without thought or restraint.”–Sallust, politician and historian in Rome (63 BC)

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