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Guardian of the guardian(s) of the gold

Posted by Ebony on January 05, 2004

In Reply to: Guardian of the guardian(s) of the gold posted by Fred on January 05, 2004

: : : Where does that expression come from? As in "Who is the guardian of the guardian(s) of the gold" or "Where is the guardian etc..."
: : : The griffin [gryphon" is the mythological creature who guards the gold , but , usually its own gold.] My "guardian" is the one who keeps the guardians of other peoples' gold honest. But I still don't know where the expression originated or was coined. Help, please.

: : I suspect this is a direct relative of the Lat*n expression (which I can't precisely remember!!) but which translates as 'Who is the custodian of the custodians?'. It is centuries old and, I believe, dates back to ancient Rome.

: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

Who shaves the barber?