Scoffing at the Scofflaws

Hie two Gracchi brothers, Tiberius and Gaius, were would-be reformers of the second century b.c. Having caused a great deal of trouble for the conservative clique that controlled Rome, they came to be regarded as dangerous revolutionaries. What Juvenal wrote of them more than two centuries later has passed into proverb for people who complain about how others behave even though they themselves have acted in exactly the same way.

Quis tulerit Gracchos de seditione querentes? Satires 2.24

Who would tolerate the Gracchi complaining about rebellion?

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