Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Justa Grata Honoria, Roman Brat Princess

Was Justa Grata Honoria responsible for the fall of the Western Roman Empire? I highly doubt it but this claim is made by Mark S. Longo in an article titled Scheming princess behind Empire's fall.

Clearly, the princess was not well behaved in trying to have her brother the Emperor killed. She also committed treason by offering to marry Attila the Hun and give half the empire to him as a wedding present. However, the Western Roman Empire was already well on its way to collapse long before Honoria was born. And Attila would have invaded anyway...

However, this is still an entertaining read. Longo's writing makes me wish someone would make a good movie about Justa Grata Honoria. This is a great story which also happens to be true.

From the article:

Everyone goes through a rebellious phase. And, if you're lucky, you'll be able to look back on those years and laugh. If you're less lucky, you spent those years on a reality show, so for the rest of time, millions of strangers can look back on them and laugh instead.

But, hey, it could be worse. You could be responsible for the fall of Western Civilization, just like Justa Grata Honoria, the Roman princess whose wild ways and (literally) naked ambition set off a chain reaction that culminated in the destruction of the Roman Empire.

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