Civis romanus sum
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The Latin phrase civis romanus sum (cīvis rōmānus sum) (Classical Latin: [ˈkiːwɪs roːˈmaːnʊs ˈsʊm], I am a Roman citizen) implied, in a wide sense, all the rights and duties associated with the status of Roman citizenship.
The Christian New Testament states that Paul the Apostle, when imprisoned and on trial, claimed his right as a Roman citizen to be tried before the Caesar, and the judicial process had to be suspended until he was brought to Rome.
The locution was quoted by Lord Palmerston when called to explain his decision to blockade Greece. In his speech in the Houses of Parliament on June 25, 1850 he claimed that every British subject in the world should be protected by the British Empire like a Roman citizen in the Roman Empire.
In 1963, the phrase inspired the American president John F. Kennedy to proclaim, "Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was 'civis romanus sum'. Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is 'Ich bin ein Berliner'."
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