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Augustus’ sarcasm

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Octavian Augustus
Octavian Augustus

When Octavian Augustus heard that among the young children that Herod the Great had ordered to murder in Syria was Herod’s son, he said (having in mind Jewish custom of abstaining from pork)

– It is better to be Herod’s pig, than his son1.

Author: Marek Mikołajczyk
  1. Macrobius, Saturnalia, II, IV:11
  • Jerzy Łanowski, Antologia Anegdoty Antycznej

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