The emperor Gaius Caligula published his laws so as to be illegible. For whom (for whose benefit) was this 'sign' written ?
eius modi vectigalibus indictis neque propositis, cum per
ignorantiam scripturae multa commissa fierent, tandem flagitante populo
proposuit quidem legem, sed et minutissimis litteris et angustissimo
loco, uti ne cui describere liceret.
When taxes of this kind had been proclaimed, but not published in
writing, inasmuch as many offences were committed through ignorance of
the letter of the law, he at last, on the urgent demand of the people,
had the law posted up, but in a very narrow place and in excessively
small letters, to prevent the making of a copy.
Thursday, 30 October 2014
Linguistic Landscaping to the detriment of the people
Labels: Latin, Linguistic Landscapes, Loebs, Quotations, Rome
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