The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volum 6
Cosimo, Inc., 1. jan. 2008 - 580 sider
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is Edward Gibbon's magnum opus, written and published over a 13-year period beginning in 1776. It not only chronicles the events of the downfall starting with the end of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, but proposes a theory as to why Rome collapsed: the populace, Gibbon theorizes, lost its moral fortitude, its militaristic will, and its sense of civic duty. History is considered a classic in world literature, and Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian" for his insistence upon using primary sources for his research. Many scholars today still use his highly regarded work as reference. In this sixth of seven volumes, readers will find Chapter 52 ("More Conquests by the Arabs") through Chapter 63 ("Civil Wars and the Ruin of the Greek Empire"), which cover the continued wars between Constantinople and the Arabs; the rise of Harun al Rashid; Islamic advances in the sciences; the invasion of Rome by the Saracens; the state of the Byzantine Empire in the 10th century; the rise of Greek power and influence in the Eastern Roman Empire; the Paulicans; the establishment of a Bulgarian kingdom; the origin of the Russian monarchy; the rise of the Normans in Italy; the life of Robert Guiscard; the many conquests of Sicily; the origin of the Seljuk Turks and their empire; the Turkish conquest of Jerusalem; the First, Second, and Third Crusades; the break between the Greeks and Latins in Constantinople; the rule of Emperor Baldwin I; the resurgence of Greek power in Constantinople; the origins of the family of Courtenay; and the establishment of the Greek Empire. English parliamentarian and historian EDWARD GIBBON (1737-1794) attended Magdelan College, Oxford for 14 months before his father sent him to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he continued his education. He published Essai sur l'tude de la Littrature (1761) and other autobiographical works, including Mmoire Justificatif pour servir de Rponse l'Expos, etc. de la Cour de France (1779).
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On Friday, in the dress of a caliph, in the colours of the sect, Saifah proceeded
with religious and military pomp to the mosque ; ascending the pulpit, he prayed
and preached as the lawful successor of Mahomet ; and, after his departure, his ...
Strongly prompted by gratitude, indignation, and fear, they invited the grandson
of the caliph Hashem to ascend the throne of his ancestors ; and, in his desperate
condition, the extremes of rashness and prudence were almost the same.
In this situation I have diligently numbered the days of pure and genuine
happiness which have fallen to my lot : they amount to Fourteen :— O man ! place
not thy confidence in this present world ! " 60 The luxury of the caliphs, so useless
But a severe retribution was exacted by Mohadi,86 the third caliph of the new
dynasty, who seized in his turn the favourable opportunity, while a woman and a
child, Irene and Constantine, were seated on the Byzantine throne. An army of ...
But, when the un- ca.d. sb] natural mother of Constantine was deposed and
banished, her successor Nicephorus resolved to obliterate this badge of
servitude and disgrace. The epistle of the emperor to the caliph was pointed with
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