30 Sep 2012
This article explains what had long been a mystery to me., why the 5th century Visigoths in Spain passed a law that abortion is punishable by death.
3 Oct 2012
The paralellisms with todays "culture" scream out from the article. I recently read another article( and no I don't remember where) that postulated that Christianity grew without Rome's approval because the Matrons of Rome had become fed up with infantacide. By a lot of women moving to the new religion , pressure , particularly in the ruling class , built until making the religion official was an inevitability.
20 Oct 2012
Do you think that climate change (a global cooling period shortly after the time of Jesus) may have been an influence on this situation as well?
Less agricultural yield would reduce population; this would also be an incentive to having fewer children (it being more difficult to care for and feed them). Cities would be more difficult to provision, with the need to bring food in from longer distances, thus making city life more difficult. People would find abortion and infanticide the first resort when faced with an unwanted chlld.
Thanks for this article. Christians have been implicated in the fall of the Roman Empire, and while they may be in part responsible, that might on the whole have been a good thing.
23 Oct 2012
C H Ingoldby
An intriguing article.
However, it does raise the question of why Rome rose under Paganism if Paganism was the cause of its decline.