The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volum 1
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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 first of seven volumes, readers will find Chapter 1 ("The Extent of the Empire in the Age of the Antonines") through Chapter 14 ("Six Emperors at the Same Time, Reunion of the Empire"), which cover the Age of the Antonines; the rule and murder of Commodus; the sale of the Empire to Didius Julianus; the rules of Severus, Caracalla, Alexander Severus, Maximin, Decius, Gallus, milianus, Valerian, Gallienus, Claudius, Tacitus, Probus, Carus, Diocletian, Maximinus Thrax, Gordian I, Gordian II, Pupienus, Balbinus, and Gordian III; the current state of Persia; and the current state of Germany. 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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CHAPTER IV The Cruelty, Follies, and Murder of Commodus — Election of
Pertinax — His attempts to reform the State — His Assassination by the
Praetorian Guards Indulgence of Marcus To his wife Faustina To his son
Commodus 180 ...
From such motives almost every page of history has been stained with civil blood
; but these motives will not account for the unprovoked cruelties of Commodus,
who had nothing to wish, and everything to enjoy. The beloved son of Marcus ...
The kind cruelty of Commodus united them in death.18 lis minister The tyrant's
rage, after having shed the noblest blood of the arennia senate, at length recoiled
on the principal instrument of his cruelty. Whilst Commodus was immersed in ...
Commodus retired to sleep ; but whilst he was labouring with the effects of poison
and drunkenness, a robust youth, by profession a wrestler, entered his chamber,
and strangled him without resistance. The body was secretly conveyed out of ...
The unburied bodies of murdered senators (for the cruelty of Commodus
endeavoured to extend itself beyond death) were deposited in the sepulchres of
their ancestors ; their memory was justified ; and every consolation was bestowed
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