Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Report from the End Times

It's conventional for accounts like this to provoke analogies (real or imagined) to the decline and fall of the Roman Empire.  But I'd say a more plausible, if equally facile, comparison might be to the end of the Roman Republic--a gaggle of loosely intertwined clans all striving for eminence in a polity which from many perspectives wasn't really governed at all.     Readers who have not chucked their copies of Roland Ronald Syme may want to dust them off for a refresher.


Anonymous said...

"copies" -- ? one copy would do me.

marcel said...

Roland Syme? is that Ronald's alter-ego?

Buce said...

"Mom always liked you best…"