Gibbon’s Caution

BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Edward Gibbon wrote in his Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire: “[A] distinction of every kind soon became criminal. The possession of wealth stimulated the diligence of the informers; rigid virtue implied a tacit censure of the irregularities of Commodus; important services implied a dangerous superiority of merit; and the friendship of the father always insured the aversion of the son. … Continue reading Gibbon’s Caution