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bread and circuses

Things given or presented in an attempt to please (or at least distract) disgruntled people. The phrase comes from the Roman poet Juvenal. I really think this event is just bread and circuses to get us to stop protesting.
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bread and circuses

People use bread and circuses to talk about a situation in which a government provides people with things which seem to make their lives more enjoyable in order to stop them complaining about important problems. He limited political dissent through a policy of bread and circuses backed up by a fearsome secret police. Our children and grandchildren will curse us for squandering their prosperity in exchange for today's bread and circuses. Note: This is a translation of a phrase in a satire by the Roman poet Juvenal. It refers to the fact that, in ancient Rome, the authorities provided the people with public amusements and food in order to prevent possible rebellion.
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bread and circuses

material benefits and entertainment employed by rulers or political parties to keep the masses happy and docile.
Bread and circuses is a translation of the Latin phrase panem et circenses , which appeared in Juvenal's Satires, and which alludes to the Roman emperors' organization of grain handouts and gladiatorial games for the populace.
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bread and circuses

Crowd-pleasers, events of popular appeal. The term dates from the Roman poet Juvenal’s Satires, in which he said, Duas tantum res anxius optat, Panem et Circenses (Two things only the people earnestly desire, bread and [the games of the] circuses). Although this expression has survived long enough into modern times to become a cliché, it appears to be dying out. However, in the 1990s a very successful Massachusetts chain of health-food stores called itself the Bread & Circus Wholefood Supermarkets.
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(13) Note, however, that we do not assume that bread and circuses are perfect substitutes.
Racism has never been too far from Stephen's mind, on and off stage, and in Bread And Circuses he'll be musing over the fact that golliwog dolls can still be found on sale in seemingly civilised nations.
Today's bread and circuses are booze and the box but above all sport, as seen at the weekend with millions glued to screens showing the Lions and Murray.
There is more to life, though, than bread and circuses. Putting things off for the future is a dangerous game.
On my visits to Newcastle at the weekend I'm am always struck that it is not yet the perfect replica of the last days of the Roman empire, perhaps this exciting new development will appropriately add to the ambience of bread and circuses.
Same Jeans and Bread and Circuses singer Kyle said: "We're about to go to Europe and the new single is coming out soon too but I managed to come home to Scotland for a few days to get some clean clothes."
The Romans used to talk of bread and circuses for the people.
If there is any justification at all for a two-plus year race for the Republican nomination, it's bread and circuses. Yet, so far as I can see, nothing even faintly edifying has emerged from endless months of staged "debates," nor anything more amusing than a primate hurling its own scat against the walls of the monkey house at the Milwaukee County Zoo.
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THE Romans tried to provide their citizens with bread and circuses. It's good that Mayor Ray Mallon and Middlesbrough Council are trying to do the same.
Extrapolating from current economic trends, I'd wager that a fair number of those who witnessed Cheney's Bread and Circuses stunt are probably separated from economic disaster by a paycheck or two.
Not entirely unlike Antin, Pliny was a stoic in an age of bread and circuses, writing, seemingly undaunted (or at least unabated), at the foot of Mount Vesuvius.
The writer Juvenal - a sort of Blackadder pain in the toga to the corrupt Roman Establishment - pointed out that a cynical people expected only bread and circuses from their rulers.
IT IS heartening to note that, amid the jumbled bread and circuses of public funded cultural outlets, former architect Ken Martin is clearly identified as one of Liverpool's foremost enthusiasts for pushing out the frontiers of art within the commercial remit.