Saturday, January 11, 2014

Nihil sub sole novum

We earlier glanced at developments from Roman history, paralleling our own.
Here is another:

Depopulation had begun in Italy and Greece  in the third century B.C.  … The Roman army was kept to strength  only through the recruitment of barbarians -- a practice that was destined to bring disaster.  The emperors invited immigrants from beyond the frontiers  to colonize Italy,  and even the uninvited joined them.
-- Morris Bishop, The Middle Ages (1968)

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