Sunday, 30 September 2012
The Role of Infanticide and Abortion in Pagan Rome’s Decline

by Emmet Scott (October 2012)

Theories about the fall of Rome have been thick on the ground for many centuries. The “traditional” view, that it had been caused by the violence of the invading barbarians in the fifth century, was seriously undermined by the application of new and more stringent methods of historical enquiry during the nineteenth century. Indeed, by the first decades of the twentieth century it had become apparent that, as an imperial power, Rome was already in a fairly advanced state of decay by the end of the second century – over two hundred years before the official “end” of the Empire in 476.  more>>>

Posted on 09/30/2012 1:42 PM by NER
30 Sep 2012
Send an emailCiccio

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
Carol Schlismann

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
Send an emailC 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. 

4 Nov 2012
Dan Kurt
re: Climate Change as a cause of the fall of Rome. One need not invoke the current fad of "climate change" in its many guises to have have influenced Rome's decline when MAN CAUSED REASONS are manifold. Chief among them are: burdens of taxation, monetary debasement, and replacement of native Romans by "Syrians" and other non-autochthons. Sounds like the same thing that is happening in Europe and USA/Canada which portends a wonderful future. No? Dan Kurt