Saturday, August 8, 2009

Modern Day Commentary from Saint John Chrysostom

"The warmth of the climate disposed the natives to the most intemperate enjoyment of tranquility and opulence, and the lively licentiousness of the Greeks was blended with the hereditary softness of the Syrians. Fashion was the only law, pleasure the only pursuit, and the splendor of dress and furniture was the only distinction of the citizens of Antioch. The arts of luxury were honored, the serious and manly virtues were the subject of ridicule, and the contempt for female modesty and reverent age announced the universal corruption of the capital of the East."*

*Gibbon, Edward. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 24 (quoted by Schaff, Philip, in Prologomena to the Works of St. John Chrysostom)

1 comment:

Teresa said...

Thanks for all the kind words. Hopefully, I can respond to all the comments... I swim at the Y, usually at 5:30 am, I actually already have an appt for a nutritionist and metabolic evaluation but thanks anyway, um, what else, oh, the weight is definitely NOT muscle mass - I look inflated everywhere (arms, face, etc) not fit at all. I've actually been running for over two years so I think something happened when I started tri training. Hopefully, the nutritionist can determine what is going on. Thanks again for reading along with my blog and good luck with your tri training! It's such an awesome sport!