Daily Archives: April 27, 2014

Bread and Circuses

by | April 27, 2014

The spectacle of the canonization of two popes in Rome on April 27 has it’s roots in the last centuries before the Common Era in a phenomenon characterized by the the Roman satirist and poet Juvenal as “Bread and circuses.”  The phrase is metonymic for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics,… Read more »