Between Barbarism And Decadence

Across the centuries, culture wars fit a familiar pattern

The Roman playwright Plautus often opened his plays with some version of the following line: “Demophilus wrote this; Plautus barbarized it.”

Most of Plautus’ plays were set in Greece, so he was attributing the stories to Demophilus. The word “barbarized” referred to the fact that, in the…



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Dustin Arand

Lawyer turned stay-at-home dad. I write about philosophy, culture, and law. Author of the book “Truth Evolves”. Top writer in History, Culture, and Politics.