The “Decline and Fall” of Rome — A Dangerous Idea?
Ronald Mellor reviews "The Eternal Decline and Fall of Rome: The History of a Dangerous Idea" by Edward J. Watts....
Since 1976 Ronald Mellor has been teaching Greek and Roman History in the History department at UCLA. He studied classics and philosophy at the University of Louvain (Belgium) and Fordham University (A.B. 1962) and received his doctorate in Classics at Princeton University in 1968. He is the author of numerous books on Greek and Roman history, including THEA ROME: The Goddess Roma in the Greek World (1975); From Augustus to Nero: The First Dynasty of Imperial Rome (ed. 1990); Tacitus (1993); Tacitus: The Classical Heritage (1995); The Historians of Ancient Rome (ed. 1997; 2nd ed. 2004; 3rd ed. 2013); The Roman Historians (1999); and Text and Tradition: Studies in Greek History and Historiography in Honor of Mortimer Chambers (co-ed. 1999); Augustus and the Creation of the Roman Empire (Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2005); and The Annals of Tacitus (Oxford University Press, 2012).