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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 54, December 31, 2000, Article 12

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   Roman emperor Vespasian (Titus Flavius Vespasianus) 
   ruled from 69 AD til his death in 79 AD.   One famous 
   Vespatian quote is "Pecunia non olet" -- literally, "Money 
   has no smell." 

   Vespasian was replying to Titus's objection to his tax on 
   public lavatories;  holding a coin to Titus's nose and being 
   told it didn't smell, he replied, 'Atque e lotio est' 
   ("Yes, that's made from urine") 

   When fatally ill, Vespatian is reported to have said: 
   "Vae, puto deus fio" --  "Woe is me, I think I am becoming 
   a god." 

   (Taken from  Suetonius' Lives of the Caesars, as quoted in 
   The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, (c) Oxford University 
   Press 1999) 

   The "Non Olet" quote is featured in an online exhibit 
   at the web site of the Kunsthistorisches Museum in 
   Vienna, Austria: 

      http://www.khm.at/khm/staticE/page1357.html 

  Wayne Homren 
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