Thursday, August 11, 2011

One can be worth of hundreds – Gaius Petronius Arbiter

Gaius Petronius Arbiter (ca. 27–66 AD), a Roman courtier during the reign of Emperor Nero and the author of “Satyricon, was once invited to attend a large banquet in the imperial palace.

All kinds of delicacies were served at the banquet and, by Nero’s order, the tables were decorated with naked virgins – more than a hundred of them.

When Petronius arrived, the emperor immediately sent a servant to ask him about his opinion regarding banquet’s decoration.

Petronius replied: “Tell your Emperor that a hundred naked girls are not as hundred times more exciting than a girl we cry for”.

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