Gibbon Chapter XVI

  • A run through the historical record, staring with Tacitus on Nero's blaming the Christians for the Great Fire, then Pliny on his administrative problems in Bithynia, then a long section on Cyprian (who I think gets more coverage than any other non-emperor); then a period of relaxation, which however is abruptly reversed by Diocletian (though that period of persecution seems to be more effective in the East). A rather more detailed but slightly less interesting chapter than the previous one, and I wonder if he might have been better to organise the material more chronologically across the two.
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1 Response to Gibbon Chapter XVI

  1. secritcrush says:

    Oh, dear. A bad situation made worse by a mansplaining idiot.

    Funny, it didn’t take BSFA so long to condemn Martin Lewis when he insulted Moffatt.

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