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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Most of our MSS. are derived from the edition of Symeon ; but there are also
extant, some, comparatively few, containing the original pre-Symeonic versions,
which formed the chief literary recreation of ordinary men and women before the
To-day the author of a history of the Empire on the same scale would find two
hundred a strict limit. Gibbon tells us nothing of the Slavonic missionaries, Cyril
and Methodius, round whose names an extensive literature has been formed.
... though doubtful, intelligence of a pearl fishery attracted their avarice ; 8 and as
Britain was viewed in the light of a distinct and insulated world, the conquest
scarcely formed any exception to the general system of continental measures.
... the whole force of the state, it was terminated by the absolute submission of the
barbarians.18 The new province of Dacia, which formed a second exception to
the 12 The poet Buchanan celebrates, with elegance and spirit (see his Sylva?, ...
The martial and ambitious spirit of Trajan formed a very sin- contrast of gular
contrast with the moderation of his successor. The restless Antomm£n activity of
Hadrian was not less remarkable when compared with the gentle repose of ...
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