Friday, March 5, 2010

Pollitical (for Political)

To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
- Cicero
The above quotation is our answer to yesterday's cryptogram, courtesy of Marcus Tullius Cicero!

The Roman orator (statesman, philosopher, lawyer, writer, and very wise man, judging by the above quote) Cicero was killed in 43 BCE for political reasons.

His head and hands were put on display in the Roman Forum, on top of the speakers’ platform (the rostra), where he’d spent so much of his time in life.

Pollitical is a low probability typo, appearing only twice in OhioLINK and 33 times in WorldCat.

(Photo of a bust of Cicero from Wikimedia Commons.)

Leanne Olson

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