Issue Date: Oct 15, 2010
In the final years of the Roman Republic, the Senate kept the masses happy by distributing cheap food and staging big spectacles known as the circus games to get votes. In his satires, the Roman poet Juvenal observed witheringly that governance had been reduced to panem et circenses (bread and circus/games). He was referring to the Roman practice of giving free wheat to its citizens and mounting costly games as a means of gaining power, a practice adopted later by the Roman emperors. Entry to the games was also free.
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