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Corruption and the Decline of Rome by Ramsay MacMullen
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Studio: Yale University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.24" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.01" Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Release Date Jul 25, 1990
Publisher Yale University Press
ISBN 0300047991 ISBN13 9780300047998
Availability 0 units.
More About Ramsay MacMullen
Ramsay MacMullen is emeritus professor in the Department of History at Yale University and lives in New Haven, CT. Among his many previous books are Christianizing the Roman Empire, Corruption and the Decline of Rome, and Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries, all published by Yale University Press.
Ramsay MacMullen currently resides in the state of Connecticut. Ramsay MacMullen was born in 1928.
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Who to Read about The Decline of Rome Feb 11, 2002
If you want a pleasant fantasy about Rome's decline, influenced by Tacitus's writings from another period entirely, read Gibbon. If you want to read a standard version that rehashes much of the myth of decline and fall, read Grant. If you want to get a handle on the the conditions of the later Roman Empire, read Ramsay MacMullen.
A Marxist view? May 12, 1998
This is the first book I have read on this subject, so I am unable to really critize this book. Macmullen seems to take a marxist/hegelian view of historical conflicts, arguing that the fall of the empire is due to economic reason, namely privatization, liberalism and the ensuing conflict between the "Haves" (the rich, or potentiores or possessores or potentes in latin) and the "have-nots", the poor. He concludes by saying that we should learn from history and the fate of private enterprise. I do not know if Macmullen is a marxist, but I was surprized that he ignored the theory I was familiar with, that the decline of Rome came for the breakdown of moral values such as family values and sexual morals. I had also heard about the theories concerning the role of military chaos.
Contents: 1. Choosing a Theme 2. Power Effective 3. Power for Sale 4. The Price of Privatizing Government.