Mark Zuckerberg has been fascinated by Augustus Caesar for years, and it raises some questions about the future of Facebook

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is an ancient history buff.
He recently discussed his fascination with the Roman emperor Augustus in a New Yorker profile.
Zuckerberg’s interest in the ancient historical figure shouldn’t come as a surprise — the two share some interesting traits.
The Facebook CEO’s professed interest raises a few questions about how he feels about trade-offs.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is a history buff at heart.

In a recent New Yorker profile, the tech mogul revealed that his fascination with the ancient Roman emperor Augustus even figured into his 2012 honeymoon in Rome.

“My wife was making fun of me, saying she thought there were three people on the honeymoon: me, her, and Augustus,” Zuckerberg told the New Yorker. “All the photos were different sculptures of Augustus.”

Zuckerberg’s enthusiasm for classical history reportedly dates back to his time at Phillips Exeter Academy, where he studied Latin and immersed himself in learning about the civilization’s “good and bad and complex figures.”

On his fascination with Augustus, Zuckerberg said, “Basically, through a really harsh approach, he established two hundred years of world peace. What are the trade-offs in that? On the one hand, world peace is a long-term goal that people talk about today. Two hundred years feels unattainable.”

Zuckerberg’s deep interest in another young upstart who disrupted — and connected — the world like never before doesn’t come as a surprise. But it might raise some questions about how far the CEO is willing to go in order to achieve Facebook’s mission to “bring the world closer together.”

Because, as Facebook’s controversial role in the 2016 US election demonstrated, whether you’re uniting the world through conquest or clicks, everything comes at …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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