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Ancient Debt

Bust of Herodotus. 2nd century AD. Roman copy ...

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From Book I of Herodotus’ History:

139. They [The Persians] hold it unlawful to talk of anything which it is unlawful to do. The most disgraceful thing in the world, they think, is to tell a lie; the next worst, to owe a debt: because, among other reasons, the debtor is obliged to tell lies.

This bit of ancient wisdom creates so many interesting questions, both for the individual in debt, and The State in debt.


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