“I am not going to be impressed by a pair of gold shoes.”
― F to the B, San Francisco, CA, Saturday, September 23, 2017
“Ego non sum impressa per sandalia auri” is how it was said during the Roman Empire (753 BC to 27 BC and 64 AD to 1453 AD). Oh, you know it was said. Plenty of time. And impetus.
Public display of status was a very important feature of Roman society. It was not enough to belong to one of the upper classes—status and rank had to be seen, to be publicly recognized, in order to be meaningful. (Barbara F. McManus, The College of New Rochelle)