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No matter who objects, I deplore the sack of Rome by the Visigoths, on this date 1,600 years ago.

Posted by John McIntyre at 4:18 PM | | Comments (14)


You, sir, are daring controversy to flare up. I am shocked.

Oh, I don't know. Weren't the Romans ripe for a takeover? New blood and all that? We are always hearing at work that change is a good thing.

Some additional comments from Facebook:

Amy Reynaldo: Oh, please. They had it coming.

Elizabeth Herrington: I commend you on the courage of your convictions.

Matthew W. Grieco: It's too soon, John. Too soon.

Vince Rinehart: I see angry people with heavy eye makeup in your future.

Paul Ybarrondo: Well, what really got me was when they tried to build that Visigothic Community Center next to Hadrian's tomb.

Joyce Marcus Weinstock: eh, they got theirs anyway.

It all started when a Capitoline copy editor tried to force the Visigoths to stop splitting infinitives.

Will no one speak up for the neglected Ostrogoths? They too deserve our attention and sympathy

As an Alan, I'm distantly related to the Visigoths through the Vandals, and some of my best friends are Goths. I therefore deplore your remark.

If the Visigoths hadn't sacked the city, we wouldn't have the ruins of ancient Rome that we have now.

Oh, yeah, like that puling weakling Honorius was doing well by the Romans, hiding in Ravenna.

Oh, John, sometimes you just make me laugh out loud, right here at my desk!

Alaric has submitted my favorite comment to date.

I hope you corrected for the switch from the Gregorian to the Julian calendar, otherwise your deploring will be 11 days too early (or late, I never could figure that out).

It was no tea party. That's for sure.

I don't want to suggest that all Visigoths are terrorists, but I do think it's interesting that all terrorists are Visigoths.

The Visigoths' treatment of Rome was restrained compared with Rome's treatment of, e.g., Carthage. At least most of Rome was still there, afterwards.

The Battle of Thermopoly was no treat, either. Face it, people are no 'damn good. (Populi non boni sunt.)

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John McIntyre, mild-mannered editor for a great metropolitan newspaper, has fussed over writers’ work, to sporadic expressions of gratitude, for thirty years. He is The Sun’s night content production manager and former head of its copy desk. He also teaches editing at Loyola University Maryland. A former president of the American Copy Editors Society, a native of Kentucky, a graduate of Michigan State and Syracuse, and a moderate prescriptivist, he writes about language, journalism, and arbitrarily chosen topics. If you are inspired by a spirit of contradiction, comment on the posts or write to him at
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