“A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within. The essential causes of Rome’s decline lay in her people, her morals, her class struggle, her failing trade, her bureaucratic despotism, her stifling taxes, her consuming wars. The political causes of decay were rooted in one fact, that increasing despotism destroyed the citizen’s civic sense, and dried up statesmanship at its source.” – Dr Will Durant, The Story of Civilization, Vol. 111.
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