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May 16, 2006

Amoto quaeramus seria ludo

All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?* Python-alum, Terry Jones asks what the Romans ever did for Britain. It is not the answer most Python fans would expect.

The fact that we still think of the Celts, the Huns, the Vandals, the Goths and so on as "barbarians" means that we have all fallen hook, line and sinker for Roman propaganda. We actually owe far more to the so-called "barbarians" than we do to the men in togas.

Which is a fine contrarian position thought completely unsupported by his subsequent argument, pace a handful of wooden roads to nowhere.

*Oh, peace - shut up!

Posted by Ghost of a flea at May 16, 2006 09:04 AM