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Yes, I do realize it doesn't really matter, but...

1. Epistolary is not a noun. The word you want may be epistle, but personally I wouldn't advise it, as the connotations are wrong for the context.

(Okay, I looked it up, just to be sure, and it is a noun, oops. However, I really doubt what was meant was "a lectionary containing a body of liturgical epistles" (a lectionary, btw, is a book containing liturgical readings, or variant readings of a text -- the things you can learn reading a dictionary))

2. The exact amount of time the Roman Empire lasted is subject to debate, but let's be conservative and put it at around 400 years. This includes a bit less than 200 years of "Pax Romana", the golden age of Rome.

But that's just the empire with its capital in Italy. What about the eastern empire? The Roman Empire at its height was so large (and communications at the time were so slow) that it simply couldn't be administered from one place, thus the eastern and western empires. The eastern half happens to be called the Byzantine Empire by history, but its inhabitants considered it to be the Roman Empire, and it did descend directly from the Roman Empire, in terms of culture, in terms of rulers, in terms of administration, etc. And the Byzantine Empire lasted up to the 1400s.

Huh. Empires, they just aren't built to last, are they?

(Also, the question of "lasting" is an interesting one. Take China. As I understand it, they tend to think of things going in cycles, so even though the China of the various dynasties had different geographical extent and no real continuity of rulers -- the dynasties tended to be entirely different cultural/tribal groups who conquered China and got sucked into all that history (and bureaucracy!) -- despite that, China is considered "China" all through history. It's really what people look back and see. As for the Roman Empire, it may have fallen, but that doesn't mean the various peoples and groups who inhabited those areas just disappeared, and they generally didn't want to give up civilization, though a lot of things did fall apart without the central administration. But...as far as lasting...for example, Roman Law was used in Europe until around the 19th century (though possibly not continuously, I'm not sure, but definitely as part of the law system of the middle ages.))

And yet, I agree with your general point. Nothing lasts forever, change is constant, and no matter what form you want to look at, the Roman Empire is gone. It's just ... some generalizations rub me absolutely the wrong way, for no good reason.

3. Speaking of which... Oddly enough, in the United States, despite all the efforts of the government with the New Deal, it's WWII that's generally credited with ending the Great Depression. Which suggests that war can, in fact, be good for the economy, at least in some cases (though I'm sure it also helps to be on the other side of an ocean from the actually fighting, bombing, etc.).

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