Talk:Bread and circuses

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Confusing[edit]

This article, as it stands, is confusing in its language and order of events. It should briefly describe the term and where it came from, and then follow through with a comprehensive history that thoroughly details the Roman practice. The strongest part of this article right now is the cultural impact section. I guess that's what we get when a bunch of Pet Shop Boys fans, and not Romans, are the ones contributing to Wikipedia. – Morganfitzp 05:08, 29 July 2006 (UTC)

This should frankly be split into a disambiguation page and the top section. I came here looking for the TOS episode and had to look around. That's unacceptable. Daniel Case 15:21, 4 August 2006 (UTC)
I'm doing this. Now. Daniel Case 15:35, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

Good work. Now I'm markign this article as a stub. – Morganfitzp 19:07, 5 August 2006 (UTC)

i think that this is a pefect artical that empisises the way the tmodern goverment treats civilisation. for example if people recieve there daily amount of food and entertainment the majority of the population are happy to be rule by anyone. in this case the people in polotics people can do what ever they want.

one man once said what goes by the name of justice is whatever happens to serve the perpose of the strogest. power is all that makes something right. said by Thrasymachus and Glaumon


What is the purpose of this? "The Brazilian psychedelic band Os Mutantes entitled a song Panis et Circenses on their self-titled album." That's nice and all, but not relevant. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.224.241.197 (talk) 04:13, 7 March 2009 (UTC)

This article would do well with some examples --Libertao (talk) 18:25, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

False Dichotomy[edit]

"To many across the political spectrum, left and right, ..." does not adequately capture the true nature of the political spectrum. Also, current political divides have nothing to do with the objective interpretation of ancient history. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 69.41.134.130 (talk) 18:55, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Did someone forget to add the "In Popular Culture" Subtitle to the article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 210.0.177.110 (talk) 06:01, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

I replaced "a metaphor for" in the first sentence of the article with "metonymic for". Bread and circuses are not a metaphor for the appeasement of the people: they really are methods of appeasement; they are examples. As such they stand for it metonymically; if one talked about giving the people a bottle of hot milk to calm them down, or putting them down for a nap, (things you wouldn't or could give to a population), you would be speaking metaphorically. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 173.162.136.45 (talk) 21:34, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Heinlein quote misattributed?[edit]

I removed this sentence: Or as famous American author Robert Heinlein said, "Once the monkeys learn they can vote themselves bananas, they'll never climb another tree." I don't think Heinlein said this in a published source. If you can verify that this is not misattributed, or can identify its true author, consider restoring it. Beamjockey (talk) 19:39, 15 February 2012 (UTC)

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