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  •  Sorry but the Rome statement... (0+ / 0-)

    ....is totally ridiculous. For example, building "great buildings" declined after the 3rd century.

    It's undoubtedly true the Roman Empire was an empire run by and for the protection of landed magnates, but this was a minor component in it's fall. Instead, look more carefully at the costs of the state imposed by the development of the Germanics on the border AND the threat posed by the Sassanian Superpower that required over half of state expenses to go to the army and perhaps a third of that army to be anchored to the Persian border no matter where they were needed.

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