Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Empire Which Died in its Sleep

And so the greatest empire formed over the land now called Ghana was brought to a humiliating end without a single rifle shot. I don’t know what to make of it all; of the novel pacifism of its formerly warlike rulers; of the treachery of the ‘enemy’. I mean, Troy had its horse, Rome its hellish decadence, and Germany its ambitious war. But why did this empire not fight? Its name means “because of war”!


  1. Kwame Mensa-Bonsu04 October, 2010

    They were probably exhausted....all those dead and virtually irreplaceable soldiers.

  2. Nana, they had been fighting the same unrelenting enemy for over a hundred years. As Kwame suggests, they were probably wasted at the time, especially against the backdrop that they were the only empire on the land fighting, because the other empires were much too happy to go under the "protective covering" of the enemy. But then, who was the enemy?


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