In classical Rome, why was it said that some officials were so corrupt that they “stole time itself”?

Answer: As early Romans used the moon as a measure of the months, a year would only last for 355 days. To keep the seasons straight, weeks and months were occasionally added. Corrupt politicians began manipulating the calendar to prolong their terms in office and shorten the terms of rivals, stealing time to further their own purposes.

Source: The Greatest Stories Never Told by Rick Beyer

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