And to William Federer for this hauntingly familiar ‘recollection’ …
Rome fell September 4, 476 A.D. It was overrun with illegal immigrants: Visigoths, Franks, Anglos, Saxons, Ostrogoths, Burgundians, Lombards, Jutes and Vandals, who at first assimilated and worked as servants, but then came so fast that they did not learn the Latin language or the Roman form of government.
Highly trained Roman legions, moving rapidly on their advanced road system, were strained fighting conflicts worldwide.
Rome had a trade deficit, having outsourced most of its grain production to North Africa, and when Vandals captured that area, Rome did not have the resources to relatiate.
Attila the Hun was committing terrorist attacks.
The city of Rome was on welfare with citizens being given free bread. One Roman commented: ‘Those who live at the expense of the public funds are more numerous than those who provide them.’ Tax collectors were ‘more terrible than the enemy.’
Gladiators provided violent entertainment at the Coliseum.
There were injustices in courts, exposure of unwanted infants, infidelity, immorality and perverted bathhouses.
Fifth-century historian, Salvian, wrote: ‘O Roman people be ashamed … Let nobody think otherwise, the vices of our bad lives have alone conquered us.’