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Well, I do think there was a casuality: it's little remembered that the takeover of Athanasian Christianity ( = God is father-and-son; it turned into a Trinity later) in the 4th century went along with anti-Hellenic iconoclasm that extended to the destruction of baths (with effects on public hygiene) and libraries (with effects on technological prowess and the economy) and included insanely long fastenings. This peaked under the rule of the fanatic emperors Gratian and Theodosius I, after which both halves of the Empire were economically weakened and easy pickings for the invading barbarians. (By the time of Attila, the western half was de-facto ruled by Germanic kings and generals and the eastern half paid tributes.)

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Thu Nov 8th, 2012 at 10:39:37 AM EST
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