16MAY2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Our Modern Satyricon – VDH

Victor Davis Hanson is a classicist by training so it is perhaps unsurprising that he finds the analogies between Petronius’s Satyricon and the cultural rot of our own age.


But I still praise him for the accuracy of his point by point comparison.  Comparing the present age to post-republican Rome has become a common trope but Hanson points out just how accurate it is.  Nothing new here, just the scholarly expertise of the author pointing out the exactness of the analogy.

8 thoughts on “16MAY2019 – American Greatness Post of the Day – Our Modern Satyricon – VDH

  • May 16, 2019 at 8:16 am

    This is great stuff
    Does the OCF webpage have descriptors that include “Twilight Zone”, “Nature Photography”, et. al.?
    I think there’s a large audience for this stuff

  • May 16, 2019 at 8:44 pm

    Read this quote and tell me that isn’t describing current European Elite and US Coastal populations

    “The abrupt transition from a society of rural homesteaders into metropolitan coastal hubs had created two Romes. One world was a sophisticated and cosmopolitan network of traders, schemers, investors, academics and deep-state imperial cronies. Their seaside corridors were not so much Roman as Mediterranean. And they saw themselves more as “citizens of the world” than as mere Roman citizens.

    Never in the history of civilization had a generation become so wealthy and leisured, so eager to gratify every conceivable appetite—and yet so bored and unhappy.
    But there was also a second Rome in the shadows. Occasionally the hipster antiheroes of the novel bump into old-fashioned rustics, shopkeepers and legionaries. They are what we might now call the ridiculed “deplorables” and “clingers.”

    • May 16, 2019 at 9:17 pm

      Well, if it looks like the Cloud People are going to win I’m going to work for Atilla the Hun.

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