So, many years ago in highschool I saw this quote pinned to a teacher's bulletin board:
quote:We trained hard . . . but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams we would be reorganized. I was to learn later in life that we tend to meet any new situation by reorganizing; and a wonderful method it can be for creating the illusion of progress while producing confusion, inefficiency, and demoralization. Petronius Arbiter, 210 B.C.
I remember thinking it was amusing and oh so smart and mused to myself about how clever those ancient greeks were. Then I promptly forgot about it.
Last month I had to edit an essay that did some work in Petronius' Satyricon and so I took the opportunity to buy the Loeb edition of his work, and as I sat down to read it I suddenly remembered that happy highschool quotation and looked forward to coming full circle as I found the original in the work itself.
You can understand then why I was a little disappointed to reach the end of the book without finding the quotation.
Turns out, the sucker is totaly fake. Here is a great investigation of it.
Just thought I'd pass that on to anyone else who, betrayed by their education system, had this quotation tumbling around in the back of their head.
Posted by John Stephens on :
"Fake, but accurate".
Posted by Malruhn on :
I am so VERY disappointed! I had thought it was true.