"Leges sine Moribus Vanae"
Someone get the President of the United States and remind him of the creed of his alma mater. Power can corrupt. If America being made great again means a regression to 19th century politics, more lives will be shed than the many many many we have witnessed. Which Penn alumni are willing and prepared to speak truth to power as all are called to duty. "On the matter of the University motto we are in complete and solid agreement that it must not be changed from the original form which was apparently LEGES SINE MORIBUS VANAE.Whatever the choice of words on the first seal of the University may have been, it is clear that they were chosen from the sentence, quid leges sine moribus vanae proficiunt, which Provost Smith had taken from Horace, Odes 3, 24, 35-36"
The sense of the passage in Horace is, 'Of what avail are empty laws without (good) mores?' This was said by Horace in the light of Augustus' attempt to lead the Roman people back to the ways of life that had made and kept them great, and probably reflects the thought Ennius expressed in the line, moribus antiquis res stat Romana virisque (the Roman state is founded on its ancient mores and its men). #Penn #philadelphia #goodgovernance #lawandethics #lawandmorality #pennalumni #redwhiteandblue #usa #pennalumni #classics #antifa #rbg #ivyleague #blackivyleague #law #power #americanhistory
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