Professor Dr. Antony P. Mueller
-- Ubi dubium, ibi libertas --
sábado, 3 de dezembro de 2016
Mitos sobre a queda de Roma
Five myths about the decline and fall of Rome
Nathan Pilkington is a lecturer in the department of history at Columbia University. The rise of Donald Trump supposedly heralds the decline of the American idea, according to many of his critics, who’ve taken the opportunity to compare this moment to the fall of Rome’s republic in 31 B.C. or its empire in the 5th century A.D. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich lamented, “We are Rome.” Victoria’s Secret chief executive Les Wexner compared 2016’s major-party presidential candidates to “Nero and Caligula” and despaired over what the choice meant for our country. Any historian is happy when their period of study comes into vogue, but these requiems leave a false impression of Roman antiquity and the causes of its greatest crises. ...