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Major Ukip and Leave.EU donor Arron Banks tried to-out Roman history the famed Roman historian Mary Beard on Twitter on Monday.
As prominent brexiter Michael Gove argued during the campaign, the public have had enough of experts...
Yet that didn't stop Banks from positing his knowledge about the end of the Roman empire (476 CE) as a reason to listen to him today about immigration.
Banks endorsed the argument of another user, who had drawn a parallel between migrants and the barbarian hordes, arguing by implication that western civilisation (today's Rome) would fall if it went uncurbed.
True the Roman Empire was effectively destroyed by immigration. https://t.co/V7H6zF2K5a
Professor Mary Beard, an academic and popular television classicist - who has written several books about the Roman Empire - chose to use her decades of experience in archives and on archeological digs to question Bank's reasoning.
@Arron_banks i think you all need to do a bit more reading in Roman history before telling uswhat caused the fall of Rome. Facts guys!