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July 2005

Beneficium accipere libertatem est vendere.
Or translated into English.
Accepting a favour is selling one's freedom.
Publilius Syrus (? - ?) is a Latin writer of maxims, flourished in the 1st century BC. He was brought to Italy as a slave, but by his wit and talent he won the favor of his master, who freed and educated him. He ofted performed for Caesar and was also famous as an improviser. All that remains of his works is a collection of Sentences (Sententiae).

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