The Barbarians made their passage felt by being in at the death of the Hellenic Society but they cannot even claim the distinction of having deliv- ered the death-blow; for by the time when they overran the Roman Empire, the Hellenic Society was already moribund—a suicide slowly dying of wounds self-inflicted during a ‘Time of Troubles’ centuries before.

Toynbee, Arnold J.: A study of history (1934)

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