Quoting from History
August 14, 2011 9:19 AM Subscribe
IN which work does the Roman historian Livy state that the Roman empire started to decay when cooks acquired celebrity status?
posted by cheez-it to Society & Culture (7 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
IN a recent survey on hunger, the Economist
paraphrases the Roman historian Livy:
The food industry has been attracting extra attention of other kinds. For years some of the most popular television programmes in English-speaking countries have been cooking shows. That may point to a healthy interest in food, but then again it may not. The historian Livy thought the Roman empire started to decay when cooks acquired celebrity status.
Does anyone happen to know which work by Livy that this came from? Bonus points if someone can produce the latin text.