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April 09, 2014

From "the rude institutions of those Barbarians".

The most civilized nations of modern Europe issued from the woods of Germany; in the rude institutions of those Barbarians we [received] the original principles of our present laws and manners.

--Edward Gibbon, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Chapter IX (1782)


Posted by JD Hull at April 9, 2014 05:11 PM


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