martedì, settembre 12, 2006

Storia antica

Non sono particolarmente d'accordo con il punto di vista implicito nel paragone (soprattutto quando si parla d'immigrazione o libero commercio), ma si tratta di un commento comunque interessante:

"Rome fell September 4, 476AD. It was overrun with illegal immigrants: Visigoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Ostrogoths, Burgundians, Lombards, Jutes and Vandals, who at first assimilated and worked as servants, but then came so fast they did not learn the Latin Language or the Roman form of government. Highly trained Roman Legions moving rapidly on their advanced road system, were strained fighting conflicts worldwide. Rome had a trade deficit, having outsourced most of its grain production to North Africa, and when Vandals captured that area, Rome did not have the resources to retaliate. Attila the Hun was committing terrorist attacks.
The city of Rome was on welfare with citizens being given free bread. One Roman commented: 'Those who live at the expense of thepublic funds are more numerous than those who provide them.' Tax collectors were 'more terrible than the enemy.'
Gladiators provided violent entertainment in the Coliseum. There was injustice incourts, exposure of unwanted infants, infidelity, immorality and perverted bathhouses.

5th-Century historian Salvian wrote:
'O Roman people be ashamed... Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us'."

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