Mechanico quoque grandes columnas exigua impensa perducturum in Capitolium pollicenti praemium pro commento non mediocre obtulit, operam remisit praefatus sineret se plebiculam pascere.
(Suetonius, Div. Vesp. 18)

To an engineer who promised that he could transport some huge columns up to the Capitol at almost no cost, he* gave a substantial reward for his device but declined to use it, remarking: ‘I must be allowed to feed my poor common people.’

* Vespasian.

(tr. Catharine Edwards)

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