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 ...
... towards Rome 112 Distress of Julian 113 His uncertain Conduct 113 Is
deserted by the Praetorians 113 Is condemned and executed by Order of the
Senate 114 Disgrace of the Praetorian Guards 114 Funeral and Apotheosis of
"I never saw him in the senate," says Dion, " except during the short reign of
Pertinax." All his infirmities had suddenly left him, and they returned as suddenly
upon the murder of that excellent prince. Dion, 1. lxxiii. p. 1227 . Amidst the ...
The general joy at deliverance from tyranny, the measures taken by the senate in
branding the memory of the fallen tyrant, were alike ; and Pertinax, the successor
of Commodus, closely resemble! Galba, the successor of Nero, in age, ...
maintain the action that had been committed. They fixed on Pertinax, praefect of
the city, an ancient senator of consular rank, whose conspicuous merit had broke
through the obscurity of his birth, and raised him to the first honours of the state.
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