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A Haunting Line About How Civilizations Fall

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Below is the oft-quoted line from Will Durant, which appears in the Epilogue to volume 3 of his Story of Civilization. You may remember it from the beginning of Mel Gibson’s film Apocalypto.


Here’s the context of the passage:

Daniel Lattier

Daniel Lattier

Dan is a former Senior Fellow at Intellectual Takeout. He received his B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas (MN), and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Systematic Theology from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. You can find his academic work at E-mail Dan

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