ought to write a book about indeed

Daniel A. Foss (U17043@UICVM.BITNET)
Thu, 23 May 1996 16:42:41 CDT

me wherein it's been suggested I "write a book about" The Decline And Fall
Of The Roman Empire As Eurocentric Myth. Though in the "biblio" post, I
suggested that quite satisfactory works, of the vastest, most incredible
erudition, already exist. There's only one thing missing, which of course
is the fact that professional historians aren't in the business of construing
narratives as "Eurocentric myths," or qualificatory-sociogibberish
disingenuous evasions suchlikeas, "functional equivalent of Eurocentric myth,"
"funcionally-interchangeable with Eurocentric myth," "as considered at the
semi-elite semi-educated level, tantamount to what might, in Classical
analogue, have been characterized as ethnocentric, ie, Hellenocentric, hence
in the present case, Eurocentric, Myth; providing of course Myth be defined,
should the anthropologists ever get around to doing that for us."

Yeah, sure you will.

Meanwhile, I sent the post to World Systems Network, which duly killed
the post. These people are interested in Serious Stuff, like Bronze Age
Kondratieff Waves, B phases, notably. They have no patience, or less, with
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire In The West as corporate restructu-
ring and downsizing by hardheaded Albanian new management recently hostile-

Library closing, good night.

Daniel A. Foss