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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... my most secret thoughts, on which side the scale will preponderate. I cannot
dissemble that six ample quartos must have tried, and may have exhausted, the
indulgence of the Public; that, in the repetition of similar attempts, a successful ...
gods of his country to public ridicule, had they not already been the objects of
secret contempt among the polished and enlightened orders of society.7
Notwithstanding the fashionable irreligion which prevailed in the age of the
Antonines, both ...
It was scarcely possible that the eyes of contemporaries should discover in the
public felicity the latent causes of decay and corruption. This long peace, and the
uniform government of the Romans, introduced a slow and secret poison.
government of the Romans, introduced a slow and secret poison into the vitals of
the empire. The minds of men were gradually reduced to the same level, the fire
of genius was extinguished, and even the military spirit evaporated. The natives ...
The people of Rome, viewing, with a secret pleasure, the humiliation of the
aristocracy, demanded only bread and public shows; and were supplied with
both by the liberal hand of Augustus. The rich and polite Italians, who had almost
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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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