Last summer’s dig uncovered a sprawling complex. We guessed it was an administrative building, full of bureaucrats keeping the old empire running. What cemented the theory was when we found a broken plaque, engraved in Latin and two scripts we didn’t recognize. I read out the Latin, translating as I went:

“We, the willing, led by the unknowing, …”

The rest of the plaque was missing, but we all joined in to finish the saying.

(No one knows where this saying originated. It’s been attributed to Mother Teresa, politician Konstantin Jireček, businessman Hugh S. Johnson.

If you don’t know the whole quote, here it is: “We the willing, led by the unknowing, are doing the impossible for the ungrateful. We have done so much, with so little, for so long, we are now qualified to do anything, with nothing.”)

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