"Now that no one buys our votes,
the public has long since cast off its cares;
for the people that once bestowed commands, consulships,
legions, and all else, now meddles no more and
longs eagerly for just two things -- bread and circuses."
[Decimus Junius Juvenalis] (c.55-c.128 AD) Roman satirical poet
c. 100 A.D
Juvenal, Satire 10.77-81