“If one man in all the world can be found, now or forever, to know that you did wrong, that man will have either to conquer the world as I have, or be crucified by it. Do you hear? These knockers at your gate are also believers in vengeance and in stabbing. You have slain their leader: it is right that they shall slay you. If you doubt it, ask your four counsellors here. And then in the name of that right shall I not slay them for murdering their Queen, and be slain in my turn by their countrymen as the invader of their fatherland? Can Rome do less then than slay these slayers, too, to show the world how Rome avenges her sons and her honour. And so, to the end of history, murder shall breed murder, always in the name of right and honour and peace, until the gods are tired of blood and create a race that can understand.”
– Caesar, ur George Bernard Shaws ”Caesar and Cleopatra”, med mina kursiveringar.
En man kom, som både korsfästes av ”världen” (dvs Romarriket, vilket betraktades som världen, utanför fanns enbart barbariet) och sedan erövrade hela världen. Caesars förutsägelse slog alltså in, men inte som han tänkte sig: antingen eller. Utan både ock.