I am reading Rubicon by Tom Holland to prepare for an essay question for Roman History.

He gives a quote that I put in the blog last year from Caesar’s account of his campaigns in Gaul.

Human nature is universally imbued with a desire for liberty, and a hatred for servitude.

Of course the Gallic Wars was also a work of propaganda. Whether humans innately desire liberty is an interesting question in light of the time Caesar lived in. It is also a very relevant quote these days.







One response to “Rubicon”

  1. Tony avatar

    Not withstanding an anthropocentric interpretation, varying degrees of liberty exists in today’s world. Liberty for us may be discussing in a public forum Irish /US corruption. In other parts of the world it can mean something entirely different even if it meant placing ’liberty’ on a list of priorities.