The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Penguin UK, 19. jun. 2000 - 848 sider
Spanning thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks, DECLINE & FALL is one of the greatest narratives in European Literature. David Womersley's masterly selection and bridging commentary enables the readerto acquire a general sense of the progress and argument of the whole work and displays the full variety of Gibbon's achievement.
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... him to Roman Catholicism. Accordingly, on 8 June 1753, Gibbon 'abjured the
errors of heresy' (A, p. 88) and was received into the Romish faith by Baker, one
of the chaplains of the Sardinian ambassador. If the'humanity of the age' (A, p.
98-9) An air of mild indecency often hangs around such moments in The Decline
and Fall. They recall Richard Porson's comments on Gibbon's lubricity: Nor does
his humanity ever slumber, unless when women are ravished, or the Christians ...
Human agency accomplished everything, although not in the way that the actors
themselves intended. So the philosophic historian did not offer explanations of
the past which depended on a minute and particular divine providence. Secondly
Which human passions, appetites and faculties were nourished by religious
belief, and which did it pervert or stifle? And to which passions, appetites and
faculties was it indebted for its origin? As we shall see, there are good grounds
with the advantages of soil, situation, and climate: and the improvements of
human art had been perpetually diffused along the coast of the Mediterranean
and the banks of the Nile, from ancient Troy to the Egyptian Thebes. Abraham
had been ...
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In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon argues that the loss of civic virtue amongst the Romans enabled barbarian invaders to succeed in their conquest. The book traces the period ... Les hele vurderingen
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One of Gibbons' major theses is that the rise of Christianity, with its emphasis on other-worldly concerns, was a major factor in the decline of the Roman empire. In his notes, Milman, a minister, attempts to counter these conclusions. Les hele vurderingen
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