The Long Defeat: The Fall of the Roman Empire in East and West
Lecture by Clifford Ando
Given at the Oriental Institute, University of Chicago, on December 4, 2013
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.