The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Penguin UK, 19. jun. 2000 - 848 sider
Spanning thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks, DECLINE & FALL is one of the greatest narratives in European Literature. David Womersley's masterly selection and bridging commentary enables the readerto acquire a general sense of the progress and argument of the whole work and displays the full variety of Gibbon's achievement.
Such a sentiment, which had rendered the legions of the republic almost
invincible, could make but a very feeble impression on the mercenary servants of
a despotic prince; and it became necessary to supply that defect by other motives
, of a ...
The golden eagle, which glittered in the front of the legion, was the object of their
fondest devotion; nor was it esteemed less impious, than it was ignominious, to
abandon that sacred ensign in the hour of danger.34 These motives, which ...
[The legions under the emperors.] Nine centuries of war had gradually introduced
into the service many alterations and improvements. The legions, as they are
described by Polybius,41 in the time of the Punic wars, differed very materially ...
... always instructed to prefer the latter use of his weapon, as his own body
remained less exposed, whilst he inflicted a more dangerous wound on his
adversary.45 The legion was usually drawn up eight deep; and the regular
distance of three ...
The cavalry, without which the force of the legion would have remained imperfect,
was divided into ten troops or squadrons; the first, as the companion of the first
cohort, consisted of an hundred and thirty-two men; whilst each of the other nine
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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
LibraryThing ReviewBrukerevaluering - Jakerslake - LibraryThing
At the time of its publishing this grueling six volume history was one of the most widely received histories of its time; Gibbon's prose and structure was a great deal less dull than most texts ... Les hele vurderingen
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Uten tilgangsbegrensning - 1887
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volum 8
Uten tilgangsbegrensning - 1903