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[5] However, if anyone who is amazed at the costliness of the Capitol had seen a single colonnade in the palace of Domitian, or a basilica or a bath, or the apartments for his concubines, then, as Epicharmus says to the spendthrift,
'Tis not beneficent thou art; thou art diseased; thy mania is to give,
so he would have been moved to say to Domitian: ‘'Tis not pious, nor nobly ambitious that thou art; thou art diseased; thy mania is to build; like the famous Midas, thou desirest that every thing become gold and stone at thy touch.’ So much, then, on this head.

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