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Where is the Saying of Augustus About Rome and Marble?

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Question: Where is the Saying of Augustus About Rome and Marble?
Who wrote "Marmoream relinquo, quam latericiam accepi" and what is it about?
Answer: A famous saying of Augustus is:
I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.
It comes from Suetonius' life of Augustus and refers to the accomplisments of Augustus. Like Caesar's writing, the quotation was written in the third person singular:
Marmoream se relinquere, quam latericiam accepisset.

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