Hey all –
i’m going to have to take a short break – so for the time being the constant drip-drip-drip of Late Antique Roman history dribbling slowly into the web from Gibbon’s mind, through my mind, and down into yours will stop (and maybe mercifully so, like the blessed quiet of an insomniac midnight when a leaky faucet that needs fixing finally gets fixed – so enjoy it while it lasts).
A thoughtful silence will ensue in this portion of the blogosphere for a week or so from these disturbing pages of rampant violence, ruthless avarice, ecstatic revenge, and hopeless causes. Then we will pick up again with chapter 32, and the fall of the barbarian General Gainas, and the rise and fall of the great orator John Chrysostom.
John is not without controversy – here are some of his sermons online – here are some against the Jews (John is obviously a man of his times – familiar in some ways to us, excruciatingly, possibly abhorrently alien in others).