Appius Claudius Caecus
Caecus in Latin (pronounced Cake us) means Blind or Sightless and was the name of a famous Roman. His name was Appius Claudius Caecus (or Appius the blind). As the main objective of our company is to help people who are blind or partially sighted, we thought it highly appropriate to use the name of such a distinguished person as the name of our company.
Appius Claudius was a censor in 312 BCE although he had not previously been consul. He sought support from the lower classes, allowing sons of freed slaves to serve in the Senate, and extending voting privileges to men in the rural tribes who did not own land. During the Second Samnite War, he advocated the founding of Roman colonies throughout Latium and Campania to serve as fortifications against the Samnites and Etruscans.
During his term as censor, he built the Appian Way (Latin: Via Appia), an important and famous road between Rome and Capua, as well as the first aqueduct in Rome, the Aqua Appia. He also published for the first time a list of legal procedures and the legal calendar, knowledge of which, until that time, had been reserved for the pontifices, the priests. He was also concerned with literature and rhetoric, and instituted reforms in Latin orthography.
He later served as consul twice, in 307 BCE and 296 BCE, and in 292 BCE and 285 BCE he was appointed Dictator. In 280 BCE, after he had gone blind (because of a curse, according to Livy), he gave a famous speech against Cineas, an envoy of Pyrrhus of Epirus,
declaring that Rome would never surrender. This is the first recorded political speech in Latin, and is the source of the saying “every man is the architect of his own fortune” (Latin: quisque faber suae fortunae).