From: Piotr Gasiorowski
> Aren't there two phenomena here? Patricians had to have patricianExclusive membership is what has brought the orthodox Parsees (modern
> grandfathers, so their numbers could be whittled away by
> intermarriage. (I've a vague feeling the Spartans declined for a
> similar reason - being a citizen was made too exclusive.) The
> senatorial decay has different reasons. (Are the dates and
> statistics correct?) I suspect delators and bloody politics had a
> lot to do with it. I'm not sure that the obvious conclusions
> (purity => death; don't kill your rivals) would appeal to Nazis!
> Breaching the latter rule has ended quite a few dynasties.