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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... world became a safe and dreary prison for his enemies. The slave of Imperial
despotism, whether he was condemned to drag his gilded chain in Rome and the
senate, or to wear out a life of exile on the barren rock of Seriphus, or the frozen.
Their peaceful inhabitants enjoyed and abused the advantages of wealth and
luxury. The image of a free constitution was preserved with decent reverence.
The Roman senate appeared to possess the sovereign authority, and devolved
on the ...
The principal conquests of the Romans were achieved under the republic; and
the emperors, for the most part, were satisfied with preserving those dominions
which had been acquired by the policy of the senate, the active emulation of the ...
The magistrates could not be actuated by a blind, though honest bigotry, since
the magistrates were themselves philosophers; and the schools of Athens had
given laws to the senate. They could not be impelled by ambition or avarice, as
... and sixty-three thousand men, able to bear arms in the service of their country.
23 When the allies of Rome claimed an equal share of honours and privileges,
the senate indeed preferred the chance of arms to an ignominious concession.
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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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