August 01, 2008
Apropos of Nothing

How Romans were perceived by the eighth century CE:

Their scanty remnant, the offspring of slaves and strangers, was despicable in the eyes of the victorious barbarians. As often as the Franks or Lombards expressed their most bitter contempt of a foe, they called him a Roman; “and in this name,” says the bishop Liutprand, “we include whatever is base, whatever is cowardly, whatever is perfidious, the extremes of avarice and luxury, and every vice that can prostitute the dignity of human nature.”


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Posted by Chuck Dupree at August 01, 2008 08:23 AM
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speaking of "apropos of nothing," have you read "sir apropos of nothing" by peter david? it's wonderful.

as are the three books which comprise his "arthur" trilogy: "knight life," "one knight only" and "fall of knight."

Posted by: karen marie on August 2, 2008 6:52 PM
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