Fancy that!

This entry was posted in Australian Story, Rafe. Bookmark the permalink.

45 Responses to Fancy that!

  1. Rafe Champion

    What about the six ball over?

  2. local oaf

    How about Valens deliberately bringing a million “asylum seekers” into the empire?

    What could possibly go wrong!

  3. Lee

    I have noticed the comparison of the fall of the Roman Empire with the current world situation before.

    Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

    – George Santayana

  4. feelthebern

    Did the Roman empire ever have morality?

  5. Tel

    Oh that’s got to be a load of BS … I mean Pea Dough Fill Ear (measuring by modern standards) was acceptable in Rome from day one … they did have a minimum age, but it was on the low side (not gonna quote an exact figure).

    Violent entertainment was in Rome, Greece, Persia, amongst all the Celts and Germani and no doubt in China and Africa as well.

    Was it terrorism that lost them three legions in Teutoburg Forest? Let me guess, they needed to fight them over there so they didn’t fight them somewhere else, right? And the lost 9th Legion? Dose tewowists again!

    The Battle of Adrianople was clearly a failure caused by outsourcing, couldn’t possibly have been they were defeated by a genuinely better force.

    The Battle of Carrhae — military cuts resulted in the wealthiest man in Rome only being able to afford seven legions … all lost to Parthian arrows, based on the excellent military strategy, “Sir, if we stand here long enough the other guys will run out of ammo.” Without “austerity” military cuts he could have used the same strategy to lose at least eight legions, maybe more!

  6. Herodotus

    All good, but they left out fast food.

  7. Colonel Bunty Golightly

    Yes but what about the real biggie! CLIMATE CHANGE.

  8. Mother Lode

    Pretty sure pineapple on pizza figures in there somewhere too.

  9. Perplexed of Brisbane

    What about lead poisoning from the linings of the aqueducts and plumbing?

  10. Bruce of Newcastle

    Yes but what about the real biggie! CLIMATE CHANGE.

    True. The Roman Warm Period ended and the Migration Period saw hordes of hordes attempt to break into the warm lands of Gaul and Italy. Eventually they succeeded.

    The CO2 concentration was about the same before and after. It’s a mystery.

  11. Don’t forget why we are stupidly getting
    Frog SUBs.

    There are NO politicians, admirals, journalists, or their offspring,
    in submarines crew.

    So they don’t have to wear the consequences of their decision.

  12. Pickles

    Banning of taking own tins to the Coloseum.

  13. JC

    Rafe, please reduce the size of the paste. It’s too big for the website.

  14. Judge Dredd

    The rot starts from within and then the outside forces finish the civilization off.
    It is interesting though that at the time of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, it seems no one saw the end coming, no one thought they were in a decline. I think about that and the state the West is currently in.

  15. Turtle

    Radical early Christianity, which bore a number of parallels with postmodern Marxist environmentalist radical thinking, was also a cause. Or at least a symptom.

  16. Turtle

    This is not a criticism of modern Christianity. There was a nihilism in early radical Christianity.

  17. Entropy

    I just get a blank box.

  18. Rafe Champion

    OK JC? Can be smaller.

    Entropy you must have looked while I was editing.

  19. Entropy

    It’s fine now, oh I geddit!

  20. Sinclair Davidson

    Adoption of Christianity as the state religion?

  21. Turtle

    The values of early Christianity, I would contend, were similar to modern leftism in that these were the opposite of what made the civilisation strong in the first place.

  22. Lazlo

    Inability to do basic arithmetic under the Roman numeral system?

    cxv111 / lv11 = errr..

  23. 132andBush

    I’d like to know the role Tony Abbott played.

  24. Fair Shake

    General Maximus leading the Armies of the West and North
    Russell Crowe leading Climate Change and the Left

  25. Knuckle Dragger

    Screamy Nelligan firefighters.

  26. max

    Sinclair Davidson
    #3326801, posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:46 pm
    Adoption of Christianity as the state religion?

    Unfortunately some already try that:

    Edward Gibbon (1737-94) published his most famous work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, in 1776. Famous or notorious in presenting the rise of Christianity as the cause of the decline of the Roman Empire,

  27. Leo G

    It is interesting though that at the time of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire, it seems no one saw the end coming, no one thought they were in a decline.

    Hardly surprising, considering that the Roman Empire started close to the high point and fell for 15 centuries.

  28. Nob

    This is almost as daft as the lefties muttering that this is like the 1930s because Trump, Brexit, Scomo, Boris.

  29. Leigh Lowe

    They started a women’s football league?

  30. Iampeter

    This is like concluding the root cause for the fall in supply of modern goods on pacific islands was because of lack of runways.

  31. 132andBush

    They started a women’s football league?

    No, that’s too overt.

  32. Geez, I’m pleased Izzy didn’t post that. He would have been wiped again.

  33. rickw

    Yes but what about the real biggie! CLIMATE CHANGE.

    Wasn’t there a Roman Legion KIA by the mother of all hailstorms?

  34. Alessio

    Rafe what is the source of your list?

  35. old bloke

    Tel
    #3326628, posted on February 17, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    The Battle of Carrhae — military cuts resulted in the wealthiest man in Rome only being able to afford seven legions … all lost to Parthian arrows, based on the excellent military strategy, “Sir, if we stand here long enough the other guys will run out of ammo.” Without “austerity” military cuts he could have used the same strategy to lose at least eight legions, maybe more!

    The Parthians had greater mobility and resources available as their armies were supplied by camel trains carrying nothing but arrows and water. They defeated the Romans at Carrhae and took 10,000 prisoners and, unlike other civilizations, these weren’t slaughtered or sold as slaves, but were given their freedom in the far eastern provinces of the Parthian Empire.

    There were several other wars between the Romans and the Parthians, and Rome was defeated on all occasions, and the Roman settlements in Parthia’s eastern provinces grew, hence that strange archaeological anomaly, the Roman cities in China.

  36. Mark A

    Perplexed of Brisbane
    #3326719, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    What about lead poisoning from the linings of the aqueducts and plumbing?

    You don’t get lead poisoning from those.

  37. Elderly White Man From Skipton

    Ha! The Trump performance chart!

  38. John

    I think we’re closer to the decline of the republic in the 1st century BC than the end of the entire Roman world. The end of the empire in the 5th century AD was horrific.

  39. John A

    Turtle #3326784, posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:24 pm

    Radical early Christianity, which bore a number of parallels with postmodern Marxist environmentalist radical thinking, was also a cause. Or at least a symptom.

    Turtle #3326785, posted on February 17, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    This is not a criticism of modern Christianity. There was a nihilism in early radical Christianity.

    Sorry Turtle, but both points are flat out wrong.

  40. Chris Harper

    Wasn’t just nihilism, but the early Church led to a growth of pacificism in the Roman population, thus one of the reasons for the growth in the use of barbarian federati.
    Thing is, most of the barbarians were thoroughly romanised and were also Christians to boot. Although they tended to be Arians rather than orthodox Niceans like the Romans.
    Thing is, in the main they didn’t want to carve up the empire, they simply wanted to share in its benefits.

  41. Perplexed of Brisbane

    Mark A
    #3327163, posted on February 18, 2020 at 10:39 am
    Perplexed of Brisbane
    #3326719, posted on February 17, 2020 at 8:17 pm

    What about lead poisoning from the linings of the aqueducts and plumbing?

    You don’t get lead poisoning from those.

    No worries. Just a throwaway line I read many years ago.

    Starting a women’s football league sounds more plausible!

  42. Chris Harper

    They added lead to red wine.

  43. 2dogs

    Adoption of Christianity as the state religion?

    An interesting hypothesis, because the Romans had long had a prophecy that if they ever abandoned their gods, their empire would fall. It came true.

Comments are closed.