The History of the Roman Empire

I recently watched a video series from The Teaching Company titled The World of Byzantum that was quite good, with a few relatively minor quibbles. It gave me quite a different perspective.


The most interesting lecture was on Justinian. He was determined to get back various pieces of the Western Roman Empire that had fallen. He figured he could because

Reality was very different. Justinian did take Carthage very quickly, but the populace was not in fact all that happy to see the Roman army. There was enormous resistance that was very expensive to contain. Because of damage to the infrastructure and institutions, production and hence tax revenues were well below what was expected.

I really wish George W. Bush had paid attention in history class.

Ducky Sherwood