by Dave Gonigam, Daily Reckoning.com:
In the year 410, barbarians started to overrun Great Britain — then a far-flung province of the Roman Empire. British leaders sent a request for aid to the emperor Honorius.
“We do not know exactly what the letter to Honorius contained,” writes Martin Skold from the Center for International Maritime Security, “but Honorius’ response, now referred to by historians as the Reply of Honorius, essentially told the Britons — theoretically Roman citizens who could count on the protection of the Empire — that they would have to make do on their own; Rome had troubles of its own and could not send help this time.”
Months later, Rome itself was sacked… and after another couple of generations, the Western empire was history.
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