“The Birth of Europe”

There is a sense of impending doom about most modern attempts to describe the late Roman empire … Nothing is more redolent of the age than the melancholy reflections of the late Roman philosopher Boethius (c.480-525). “The most unfortunate sort of misfortune”, he wrote in his Consolations of Philosophy, “is once to have been happy.” (Davies, Europe, pg. 213)

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