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That was Tom's idea. Legolas Send a noteboard - 26/08/2012 07:34:33 PM
Why did you feel the urge to clarify the case of "panem et circenses"?

See Tom's reply above. ;) I figured the flippant comments in those footnotes would make pretty clear that I didn't exactly consider it crucial information, myself.
I don't mean that rhetorically, either, as some sort of a dig, I genuinely want to know why. I guess it's in the accusative because it's the abbreviation of a phrase that involves giving the bread and circuses (DO) to the masses (IO)? Jw.

Presumably, yes. I have no idea what the original source of the quote is... let's look it up.

Okay, according to Wikipedia, it's from Juvenal, and the context is:

"iam pridem, ex quo suffragia nulli / uendimus, effudit curas; nam qui dabat olim / imperium, fasces, legiones, omnia, nunc se / continet atque duas tantum res anxius optat, / panem et circenses. "

So not from giving, after all, but wishing.
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