Tag: roman empire

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I have mentioned before that I read Gibbon’s Decline and Fall a little at a time, as the mood strikes. Having just now reached the end of the fourth book, I am inclined to make some comments here. There are three major inflection points in Gibbon’s book, excepting the endpoint of the fall of Constantinople […]

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Jesse Kelly, media personality, TV and radio host extraordinaire, joins Carol Roth to talk about the state of the US and why we are witnessing parallels with the Roman Empire’s downfall. Jesse and Carol discuss what has gone wrong, the “issue” with the Constitution and how communist thinking has already taken over large parts of the country. Jesse also provides his take on what we can do to make things better, with a clarification of his Twitter “Balkanize” suggestion.

Plus, a “Now You Know” on Andrew Jackson.

The Super Bowl: A Data Point on the Re-emergence of Roman Decadence

 

A friend of mine recently lent me a book called The Social Results of Early Christianity, by C. Schmidt, Professor of Theology in Strasburg. The impetus for the book, written in the 19th century, was an essay contest proposed by the French Academy “to trace the influence of Charity on the Roman World during the first centuries of the Christian era.” The first third of the book is devoted to describing various facets of Roman society and culture as they existed at the appearance of Christianity.

The parallels of pre-Christian Roman culture to the ethos of secular Western culture in our own age are numerous. Chapter 3, section 5 addresses the “Occupations of Slaves. Actors. Gladiators.” The Super Bowl, with its garish halftime show, represents a unique confluence of the actors and gladiators in American entertainment. Schmit’s description of the state of Roman entertainment I found especially pertinent: