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.
-------------------- a moment for old friends now estranged, victims of the flux of alliances and changing perceptions. There was something there once, and that something is worth honoring as well. - John Carroll Posts: 3375 | From: Ontario, Canada | Registered: Mar 2004
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