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4.0 out of 5 stars Good new scholarship, March 16, 2012
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This review is from: The History of Rome in Three Volumes by Livy (Unexpurgated Edition) (Halcyon Classics) (Kindle Edition)
This book is good so far . Interesting and shows lots of parallels between the fall of the Roman Empire and the fall of our own American Empire. We are repeating some of the same mistakes, ei. Overtaxation, unsupportable foreign wars caused and started for egotistical reasons with no treasure gained but much lost or used up solely to aggrandize certain leaders egos, squandering of national mojo on unimportant pursuits while leaving pressing issues unaddressed. Hopefully the US and American spirit will have another surge but, all to often history does repeat itself. Good book if you want to most update take on the subject backed by apparently solid scholarship. Yeah.
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Initial post: Nov 5, 2012 9:53:44 AM PST
C. Horan says:
Don't forget the other signs; strong calls for Rome to return to its "original virtues" and poor diplomatic skills.

By the 4th Century the Roman Empire was not making wars either, it was actively withdrawing from territory to save expenditure.

p.s: The economy of Rome was based entirely on gold; the very concepts of a floating currency, selling treasury bonds to other nations, etc were over a thousand years away from being thought up.

Posted on Nov 17, 2012 6:15:11 AM PST
R. L. MILLER says:
Is this reviewer really talking about the book or is he just mentioning it in passing in the process of running down America?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 9:47:18 AM PST
Yeah well, little do you know. The Romans never stopped making war, it's just that they began to lose them with boring regularity.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 9, 2012 9:48:28 AM PST
@Miller

Yep, yer right, we ain't gonna run down this here debacle, I mean, cuntry, no matter what the truth is.

Posted on Dec 17, 2012 6:48:41 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Dec 17, 2012 6:52:11 PM PST
Chad says:
I can only assume this reviewer is either being satirical or was born a hopeless moron. "Good book if you want to most update take on the subject backed by apparently solid scholarship." With a title of "Good New Scholarship." Here's a bit of 'New Scholarship' for you: Titus Livy died about 2,000 years ago. This book has been around longer than the New Testament and doesn't actually cover the fall of Rome. Why not? Because it was written BEFORE the fall of Rome. It's still one of the best histories of Rome and certainly the best by a contemporary author but there is nothing in it which could be labeled as new by even the most remedial mind.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 11:06:05 PM PST
M. Evans says:
Hey Genius, maybe if you had actually read the book, you may have noted the dates. This history covers the time from the founding of the republic, to the earliest period of the Empire. (753 BC to 17AD). The Empire lasted for 400 more years. The Fall of the Republic (31 BC) is different than the Fall of the Western Empire which occurred in 476 AD.
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