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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Gibbon begins by emphasizing that Attila's military conquests were preceded by
a more important victory over the barbaric character of his subjects: The western
world was oppressed by the Goths and Vandals, who fled before the Huns; but ...
Such were the arts of war, by which the Roman emperors defended their
extensive conquests, and preserved a military spirit, at a time when every other
virtue was oppressed by luxury and despotism If, in the consideration of their
armies, we ...
... the contrast of Roman magnificence with Turkish barbarism. The ruins of
antiquity scattered over uncultivated fields, and ascribed, by ignorance, to the
power of magic, scarcely afford a shelter to the oppressed peasant or wandering
a shelter to the oppressed peasant or wandering Arab. Under the reign of the
Cæsars, the proper Asia alone contained five hundred populous cities,79
enriched with all the gifts of nature, and adorned with all the refinements of art.
The provinces, long oppressed by the ministers of the republic, sighed for the
government of a single person, who would be the master, not the accomplice, of
those petty tyrants. The people of Rome, viewing, with a secret pleasure, the ...
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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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