“The abuse of buying and selling votes crept in and money began to play an important part in determining

Later on, this process of corruption spread to the law courts. And then to the army, and finally the

Republic was subjected to the rule of emperors”

Plutarch, Greek, biographer, essayist, AD 46 – AD 120

Gaius Marcius (Coriolanus) 14.2, translated by Ian Scott-Kilvert, Makers of Rome: Nine Lives by Plutarch