History Doesn't Repeat, it Rhymes

The following comes from an unpublished Hearth of Hellenism blog entry from 2017.

Mark Twain is credited for saying the following:

History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes

It is a very compelling statement. I do think history plays out in cycles and patterns. Eventually, with enough time, events begin to match up with similarities if you are looking close enough.

There are trends occurring in the United States that echo events and trends from Late Antiquity (roughly 4th-7th centuries)…