December 13, 2015

Invasion of Barbarians

"Throughout history, barbarians destroy, but they bring new vitality; a change in the civilizations they invade and into which their descendants are assimilated.
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"This movement and cross-fertilization is common to all cultures. The history of mankind is not politically a pleasant story, but its violence is seldom unproductive.
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Though political events are decisive in history and set a subsequent pattern of power, it is in the long run the legacy of the inventors, writers, architects, and sculptors, the musicians and the painters, which survive to speak directly of the civilizations they represent."

John Bowie, advisory editor
Larousse Encylcopedia of Ancient and Medieval History
Libraire Larousse, Paris 1964
Front inside jacket

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