Nothing seemed more unbearable to the Germans than the tribunal of Varus.  The one which Justinian set up  among the Lazi to try their king’s murderer seemed to them something horrible and barbaric. Mithridates, orating against the Romans,  reproaches them above all for the formalities of their justice.  The Parthians could not bear this king, who, having been raised in Rome, became affable and accessible to everyone.  Liberty itself seemed unbearable to peoples who were unaccustomed to enjoying it. So it is that pure air is sometimes harmful to those who have lived in marshy lands.
A Venetian named Balbi, being in Pegu,  was introduced into the king’s presence. When the king learned that there was no king in Venice, he burst out laughing so hard that he was taken with a cough, and had great difficulty speaking with his courtiers. Who is the legislator who could propose popular government to peoples of the sort ?