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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At present I shall content myself with a single observation. The Biographers, who,
under the reigns of Diocletian and Constantine, composed or rather compiled,
the lives of the emperors, from Hadrian to the sons of Carus, are usually ...
For the present I shall content myself with renewing my serious protestation, that I
have always endeavoured to draw from the fountain-head ; that my curiosity, as
well as a sense of duty, has always urged me to study the originals ; and that, ...
The present greatness of the Roman state, the corruption of manners, and the
licence of the soldiers, added new weight to the advocates of monarchy.
However the latter [i.e. the name Caasar], was diffused by adoption and female
His manner would not be that of sometimes open, sometimes transparently veiled
, dislike ; he would rather assume an attitude of detachment. He would be
affected by that merely historical point of view, which is a note of the present
All these writers intended to present the facts as they took place, but all wrote with
prepossessions and opinions, in the light of which they interpreted the events of
history. Arnold Arnold's deliberately advocated such partiality on the ground that
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Gibbon's work, although very lengthy, is very relevant to the study of the Roman Empire. He looks primarily as to why it failed to continue over the centuries -- thus the title. But it really is worth ... Les hele vurderingen
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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Volume 1 Edward Gibbon ed: J.B. Bury The first volume in this printing by AMS press, based on a 1909 edition from Methuen. In this volume are the preface ... Les hele vurderingen
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