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