The Long Defeat: The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West
Sponsored by The Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
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Chicago
Wednesday, December 4, 2013

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Oriental Institute, University of Chicago
1155 E 58th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
United States

The Long Defeat:  The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West

Clifford Ando,David B. and Clara E. Stern Professor; Professor of Classics, University of Chicago

The Roman Empire remains one of the world's longest lived polities.  Its collapse has therefore endured as a great historical puzzle.  Was it barbarians or internal decay?  Or was Christianity to blame?  The lecture will explore a range of theories and consider in detail why the two famous theories, those of St. Augustine and Edward Gibbon, have found so little favor.

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