St.Augustine , Chomsky , City of God

Well perhaps 2016AD isn’t much different than 426AD except both pirate and emperor have bigger guns….

In the “City of God,” St. Augustine tells the story of a pirate captured by Alexander the Great. The Emperor angrily demanded of him, “How dare you molest the seas?” To which the pirate replied, “How dare you molest the whole world? Because I do it with a small boat, I am called a pirate and a thief. You, with a great navy, molest the world and are called an emperor.” (Chomsky)


  • The City of God, opening text, manuscript c. 1470
  • Author Augustine of Hippo
  • Original title De Civitate Dei contra Paganos
  • Country Roman
  • Language Latin
  • Subject Christian philosophy
  • Publication date
  • completed work published 426 AD


Augustine, St. “The City of God.” – Wikisource, the Free Online Library. Web. 12 Mar. 2016. PDF. <;.

Chomsky, Noam, and Noam Chomsky. Pirates and Emperors, Old and New: International Terrorism in the Real World. Cambridge, MA: South End, 2002. Print.

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