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Eutropius, Outline of Roman History 8.5.1

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A saying of Trajan.

amicis enim culpantibus quod nimium circa omnes communis esset, respondit talem se imperatorem esse privatis quales esse sibi imperatores privatus optasset.

When his friends found fault with him for being too affable with everyone, he replied that he was such an emperor towards private citizens as, when he had been a private citizen, he had wished for emperors to be towards him.

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May 1, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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