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Originally posted by pityocamptes
It seems that our leaders are getting crappier, House and Senate elected officials have no clue, and the Presidential candidates are really, for lack of a better word, really pathetic, with no experience, per se... even on a global scale, it seems that the ruling elite have nothing better to offer.
Originally posted by DISRAELI
That is a fairly wide-ranging comparison. Can you be more specific about the similarities with imperial Rome?
To help you, this is what Gibbon says on the subject;
"In the second century of the Christian aera, the empire of Rome constituted the fairest part of the earth and the most civilised portion of mankind. The frontiers of that extensive monarchy were guarded by ancient renown and disciplined valour. The gentle, but powerful, influence of laws and manners had gradually cemented the union of the provinces. Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and luxury".-
Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, opening sentences.
He goes on to describe A.D. 98--180 as "a happy period".
Of course the empire had many different fluctuations over the full period of 300 years, which is one reason why you need to be more specific.