Lectures, learning, leadership LO19824

Fred Nickols (nickols@worldnet.att.net)
Thu, 12 Nov 1998 19:07:12 -0500

Replying to At de Lange in LO19799 --

>The Romans first used the word "disciplinum" to refer to the method of
>drilling people to the obedience and subjection of an appointed ruler to
>make them accepting the ruler as leader. The "disciplinum" was one of many
>methods which the Romans used in their clever strategy of "rule by
>parting"="divisio". They refered to this strategy is the one "belonging to
>the gods"="divinus".

To add slightly to what At points out, it is common to hear "Divide and
conquer" which is actually a misquotation of the original Latin which is
"divide et empera" meaning "divide and rule" not divide and conquer.
(Only slightly tongue in cheek, I've always thought this misquotation was
a deliberate ploy by the ruling class to draw attention away from the
corollary which would be: "Unite and conquer." Sounds like good old Ben
Franklin, doesn't it?)



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