« As to your question about the reason for my having sent for Chrysippus—two of my shops have fallen down and the rest are cracking. So not only the tenants but the very mice have migrated. Other people call this a misfortune, I don't call it even a nuisance. Oh Socrates and Socratic philosophers, I shall never be able to thank you enough! Good heavens, how paltry such things are in my eyes! But after all I am adopting a plan of building on the suggestion and advice of Vestorius, which will convert this loss into a gain. [...] The fall of the houses did not depreciate the value of the property: I am not sure that it didn't increase it. » Marcus Tullius Cicero, Letters to Atticus 14.9, 14.11 (Puteoli, BC 44).
So, apparently Cicero was kind of a sleazebag of a landlord, "an exacting one, constantly anxious about rents and always expecting punctual payment" [1]. Here in this letter, he's talking about a new business opportunity a recent collapse of his two shops in an insula suddenly presented him: higher rents! Thanks to Socrates. No mention of those who died during the collapse though [2]. 1. Wood, Neal. Cicero's Social and Political Thought. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1988. 110. 2. Aldrete, Gregory S. Daily Life in the Roman City. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004. 80. ‎· Faruk Ahmet
Insulae is the plural of insula: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Insula_(building) (spoiler: apartment complex where plebs live). All citations in the Chicago style because apparently there is a town called "Cicero" in Chicago! ‎· Faruk Ahmet
"Cicero obviously has no desire to equalize property. He constantly and vigorously attacks agrarian laws that would redistribute property, most of which he believes are designed by demagogues to plunder the rich for the sake of the poor. Property differentials are as natural as equalization is unnatural. He evidently thinks that the individual with large possessions, by the very fact of the size and value of his holdings, demonstrates industry, skill, and even rationality superior to the smallholder and the impoverished, and, hence, has a natural claim to a greater share." ... "In all fairness to Cicero, nevertheless, it should be stressed that he is highly critical of avarice; and in practice, despite his financial difficulties, he was probably among the least avaricious, venal, and corrupt of his peers. He opposes acquisition and accumulation for their own sake, and he calls for moderation in all things." Wood, 112. Steven Pinker would be proud #gentlecommerce. ‎· Faruk Ahmet
Bonus: "What a 2,000-Year-Old Roman, Cicero, Taught Me About Landlording" http://affordanything.com/2011/10/21/what-a-2000-year-old-rom... (spoiler: paint the walls beige, don't try anything fancy) #EMLAK ‎· Faruk Ahmet
«Then there is what I might venture to call the worst Roman joke ever. It comes up in Cicero; he is discussing a joke made to one Gaius Sextius, who had one eye. Gaius Sextius invites a friend to dinner, who replies, "All right then – I see you've got a place for another." Right. Another place for an eye, apparently. Eye, place. Whatever. Mercifully, Cicero tells us that this is not a good joke – it's the joke of a scurror (jester) and not the bon mot of a sophisticated, urbane orator such as himself.» http://www.theguardian.com/culture/charlottehigginsblog/2009/... ‎· Faruk Ahmet
paylaşımların çok entel, bişey anlamıyoz ‎· aliye_d
"paylaşımların çok entel, bişey anlamıyoz ‎- Aliye D." ahahah, of ya, buna gülüyorum on dakikadır. ‎· nikka
adamın adı gaius sextius (geyiz sexistiyoz) ehüehüe? :( ‎· Faruk Ahmet
aha faruku buldumm ‎· tarieluch
"adamın adı gaius sextius (geyiz sexistiyoz) ehüehüe? :( ‎- Faruk Ahmet" ahahah, muhteşem, muhteşem! ‎· nikka