On “Bread & Circuses”

Today’s world events brought a certain phrase  to mind:
“Romans said that the way to keep people happy was to give them bread & circuses.”

Had no idea, who said this, or why.
So, I gave into my curiosity and here’s a sampling of what I found:

“The actual phrase is ‘Give them bread and circuses and they will never revolt’. Coined by the Roman poet Juvenal in the first Century in his Satires lamenting the continuing slide of his former Roman Republic into dictatorship.

The term refers to entertainment or offerings intended to foil discontent or distract attention from a situation. In ancient Rome, bread and circuses were used to keep the underprivileged poor people quiet.
Source: IZZYLEE   http://www.answers.com/Q/Who_said_Give_them_bread_and_circuses

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“Bread and circuses” refers to the pacification of a populace by food and entertainment, which is related to the term “fat and happy”. As coined by the Roman poet Juvenal (c. 100-200 AD) in his Satires, panem et circenses was an apparent policy in the Roman Empire. The rulers believed that if the people were entertained and their bellies full, they would not get restless or try to overthrow the government. So they tried to make sure that there was always entertainment, notably in the Colosseum, and that there was always bread available to be purchased. In this way, the Roman masses were distracted from the problems of the Empire. 
Source:   Don Dfoofnik   http://www.answers.com/Q/What_does_the_phrase_bread_and_circuses_mean

Hauntingly uncanny
how the above
can be applied
in this modern day and age,
no?

 

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About emanita01

I am a Franco-american woman who hails from Brookline, Massachusetts. I live in France near the Swiss border, only minutes away from Geneva. I am a member of the Geneva Writers Group and the Association La Forge, a literary group based in France. I write stories, poems and am currently working on a couple of plays, a one-woman show and a dramatized poem.
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