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Thursday, February 28, 2008
Gibbons Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
I have dedicated myself to re-reading the entire UNABRIDGED version, all six volumes this year. I have decided to begin tonight and read a little bit every night until I finish. I will point out that the idea to re-read the entire series came from Robert Caro's Master of the Senate where he described Senator Richard Russell, as a loner and a devotee of reading Gibbon over and over again. I see myself in the same light when it comes to Gibbon but have distaste for Russell's Southernism, general conservatism and defense of racial segregation. (He was a new dealer at one time but that was only to promote welfare for the south.....it's funny how conservative southerners continue to benefit the most from the largess of Government while attacking government as evil) In short I in no way see myself as an heir to Richard Russell, but do appreciate his sense of the history of Rome.
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