Monday, March 04, 2013


The Fall of the Roman Empire

Niall Rudd, It Seems Like Yesterday (Produced in Aid of the Classical Association Centennial Fund, 2003), p. 19 (on Gilbert Bagnani, Professor at the University of Toronto):
His students were fascinated by his style and learning, and they enjoyed mimicking his accent with its fudged r's. On one occasion, after rejecting all the orthodox explantions for the fall of the Roman Empire, he said, 'It was almost entirely due to glain lust.' For a moment they wondered if this was some sexual deviation they'd never heard of, but in the end realised that the factor in question was grain rust.

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