Until it has Destroyed Itself Within

History of Rome and of the Roman people, from its origin to the Invasion of the Barbarians; (1883) (14780499901)

A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself 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.

~Will Durant, Caesar and Christ, Epilogue, p. 665 (1944).

Source: http://www.bartleby.com/73/1646.html

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