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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Perhaps their favourable opinion may encourage me to prosecute a work, which,
however laborious it may seem, is the most agreeable occupation of my leisure
hours. Bentinck Street, March 1, 1781. An Author easily persuades himself that ...
The olive, in the western world, followed the progress of peace of which it was
considered as the symbol. The obvious definition of a monarchy seems to be that
of a state, &c. The most important resolutions of peace and war were seriously ...
... our great ships of war may seem ill provided with officers : but in both cases the
deficiency is corrected by strong principles of discipline and rigour.11 "As in the
instance of Horace and Agricola.11 These r. 17, foot- 0 note «3 = words are ...
... wide diffusion of unobtrusive scepticism among educated people, which seems
to render offensive warfare superfluous. The man of letters admires the fine edge
of subtle sarcasm, wielded by Gibbon with such skill and effect ; while the ...
«one5nen',a" From one curious inaccuracy, which neither critics nor editors seem
to have observed, he must I think be acquitted. In his account of the disturbances
in Africa and Egypt in the reign of Diocletian, we meet the following passage ...
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