Suetonius, On Grammarians and Rhetoricians 25 (1)
Here, as promised, is the second part of Suetonius’ account of the expulsion of the philosophers and rhetoricians.
de eisdem interiecto tempore Cn. Domitius Aenobarbus, L. Licinius Crassus censores ita edixerunt: renuntiatum est nobis, esse homines qui novum genus disciplinae instituerunt, ad quos iuventus in ludum conveniat; eos sibi nomen imposuisse Latinos rhetoras; ibi homines adolescentulos dies totos desidere. maiores nostri, quae liberos suos discere et quos in ludos itare vellent, instituerunt. haec nova, quae praeter consuetudinem ac morem maiorum fiunt, neque placent neque recta videntur. quapropter et eis qui eos ludos habent, et eis qui eo venire consuerunt, videtur faciundum ut ostenderemus nostram sententiam, nobis non placere.
After a time the censors Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Lucius Licinius Crassus gave the following edict concerning these same men: “It has been reported to us that there are men who have established a new kind of teaching, and that the youth are coming to their schools; that these men have given themselves the name of ‘Latin rhetoricians’; and that teenage persons are idly spending whole days there. Our ancestors ordained what they wished their children to learn and which schools they wished them to frequent. These innovations (which are taking place contrary to the custom and practice of our ancestors) are not agreeable, nor do they seem appropriate. Wherefore it seems that we are obliged to declare our opinion, both to those who keep these schools and those who are in the habit of going to them, that they are displeasing to us.”