As argued in my podcast, Zosimus does not believe Rome has fallen. However, Zosimus does not admire the current state of the Empire. For Zosimus, Roman history has followed the principle that when humans have “become displeasing to the gods, their affairs decline to a state resembling that which now exists.” (Book 1, p. 1). Nevertheless, the empire at Zosimus’ time does not directly rule any territories in Italy. Use your reading of specific passages from the New History to unpack how it is that Zosimus understands “Rome.” You might consider such aspects as language, the line of emperors, the way in which “barbarians” are defined, religion, culture, or any other aspects that are touched upon in the reading selection. Conclude by explaining how it is that the way in which Zosimus seems to have defined “Rome” allows him to hold that, in spite of all its deficiencies, the Roman Empire has not fallen.