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March 30, 2008


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Another, Roman figure offers something of the bark of the Athenian dog. Here he attains high office:

Cato was elected praetor, but it was thought that he did not add so much majesty and dignity to the office by a good administration as he took away from it by disgracing it. For he would often go forth to his tribunal without shoes or tunic, and in such attire would preside over capital cases involving prominent men. Plut. Cato the Younger para. 44


Yes, I suppose if you to be condemned to death you don't want the judge to be wearing Bermuda shorts and a t shirt.

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