Re: A moral zero-point?
Mon, 18 Jan 1999 10:27:47 -0700

Mike offers:
>(...Crassus made his fortune in ancient Rome as the owner
>of a fire company, he brought his pump and crew to the scene of a fire,
>and wouldn't even set his pump up until the owner of the building had
>paid him the negotiated price. Eventually he wound up owning most of Rome.

Is this historical, or are you just pulling our legs? I'm an aficionado of Roman history, but I haven't encountered this story about Crassus before. He doesn't seem to have been a businessman of any sort.

>This is where the term 'Crass commercialism' came from.).

Ouch. :-) I think we've been set up again...