Stayed up till the wee hours reading. Not that anything really captured her attention.
The section she arrived at last night (Chapter V: The Progress of Christianity) was nothing but page after page after page after page about religion. Specifically, about Christianity. About moral precepts. About the sacred institution of marriage. About the elements of a spiritual life.
Where are those Roman emperors: Caligula, Nero, Commodus et. al.? Where are those vein-slitting Praetors? Where are those gladiatorial combats? Where are those extravagant Roman processions? Where are those ambitious Roman generals? Is this book really about the Decline and Fall?
Declines are usually pretty interesting. Bad things happen during declines: riots, conspiracies, murders, wars, dissolution, desperation, unfettered evil. Shall self continue?