#amreading: THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, by Edward Gibbon

Self’s reading for 2017 is very heavy on history books. She finished Montcalm and Wolfe, is reading Gibbon now, and will move on to Phil Klay’s short stories of being an American soldier in Iraq, Redeployment.

She read a few pages of Gibbon last night, and it was very, very difficult to focus. She won’t give up, though.

Here’s what Edward Gibbon has to say about Marcus Aurelius, one of Rome’s greatest emperors:

  • At the age of twelve years, he embraced the rigid system of the Stoics, which taught him to submit his body to his mind, his passions to his reason; to consider virtue as the only good, vice as the only evil, and all things external as things indifferent.

Alas, Marcus Aurelius was succeeded by:

“the dark unrelenting Tiberious, the furious Caligula, the feeble Claudius, the profligate and cruel Nero, the beastly Vitelius, and the timid, inhuman Domitian”

#HolyCow #SoStokedNow

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.


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