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Post Remember You Are Only a Man, from Classical Times to the White House
Created by John Eipper on 12/29/17 5:09 AM

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Remember You Are Only a Man, from Classical Times to the White House (John Heelan, UK, 12/29/17 5:09 am)

Tor Guimaraes's well-argued post (29 December) risks leading us into the quicksands of semantics and sophism--e.g. JE rightly summarised Tor's arguments as "Tor and I are in agreement about tautologies: If you define God as X, and X plainly exists, then you cannot deny that God exists."

The quicksand beckons! Given the US predilection for deifying the President of the day (as well as past Presidents), the White House might argue that Trump exists for better or worse, as the next few years will demonstrate. Perhaps the Secret Service should copy the Roman tradition of seating a slave behind the victorious general being feted who whispers in his ear, "Memento homo" (remember you are only a man), to avoid that the excess of celebration could lead the celebrated commander to lose his sense of proportions.

Might this be appropriate in today's America?

JE comments:  "Respice post te, hominem te memento."  I agree that Trump needs a full-time humility team, but is the legend about the humbling Roman slave really true?  Some sources claim it was a morality lesson made up by later Christians.

Classicists of WAISworld, we lend you our ears.

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