On this day in 383, eight-year-old Honorius was named Augustus by his father, Theodosius the Great. Honorius, who assumed complete rule of the West at the age of ten, would go on to be one of the most important rulers in the history of Western civilization: although Gibbon chronicles the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as a process lasting more than a thousand years, most historians would agree that about 80% of the decline happened under the rule of the Most Excellent and Invincible Honorius, possibly the most vincible emperor in history.


  1. Colin says:

    This reminds me of Dr. Boli’s as-yet unfinished History of the World. Is there any chance his loyal readers might see a new chapter anytime soon? I am quite interested to see the good doctor’s opinion on which nations the United States should have conquered after the Spanish-American War.

    • Hear hear! I was just thinking of Dr. Boli’s History of the World the other day. I hope that serial resumes soon, we wouldn’t want to think of the good doctor as a serial killer, would we?

  2. Speaking of which….the old History of the World posts have broken “go to the next chapter” links because the redirects for the old wordpress site still go to First Things. Hopefully those will eventually be fixed.

    • Dr. Boli says:

      The redirect has been unredirected. Links will go to the old WordPress.com site for now, which is at least an improvement over a 404 page.

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