Latin Saying about Bread

Duas tantum res anxius optat, Panem et circenses

Only two thing does he worry about, bread and circuses

Above is an excerpt from Satire X (ten) written by the Roman named Juvenal. Juvenal wrote a collection of satirical poems.  I believe that he was named from the root word of “juvenile” meaning young.  In other words, I don’t believe that we get the word juvenile from his name. 

Bread and circuses is a phrase dating back to the Roman Empire.  At times there would be significant economic stagnation; leaving nearly half the population unemployed.  To quell the potential for a revolt it was common knowledge amongst the nobles that they must keep the people fed and entertained – bread and circuses.  

 

 

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