The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

By Edward Gibbon

Within the maximum paintings of background within the English language, Edward Gibbon compresses 13 turbulent centuries right into a gripping epic narrative. it's historical past within the grand eighteenth-century demeanour, a well-researched drama charged with perception, irony, and incisive personality research. In stylish prose, Gibbon provides either the large development of occasions and the numerous revealing aspect. He delves into faith, politics, sexuality, and social mores with equivalent authority and aplomb. whereas next examine printed minor authentic blunders concerning the early Empire, Gibbon's daring imaginative and prescient, witty descriptions of an unlimited solid of characters, and readiness to show his personal ideals and prejudices bring about an dazzling paintings of background and literature, instantaneously powerfully clever and greatly pleasing. in response to David Womersley's definitive three-volume Penguin Classics version of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire , this abridgement includes entire chapters from all 3 volumes, associated by way of prolonged bridging passages, vividly trap the fashion, the argument, and the structure of the complete paintings.

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The Roman name was revered among the most remote nations of the earth. The fiercest barbarians frequently submitted their differences to the arbitration of the emperor; and we are informed by a contemporary historian that he had seen ambassadors who were refused the honor which they came to solicit of being admitted into the rank of subjects. Part II. The terror of the Roman arms added weight and dignity to the moderation of the emperors. They preserved peace by a constant preparation for war; and while justice regulated their conduct, they announced to the nations on their confines, that they were as little disposed to endure, as to offer an injury.

Before the Roman conquest, the country which is now called Lombardy, was not considered as a part of Italy. It had been occupied by a powerful colony of Gauls, who, settling themselves along the banks of the Po, from Piedmont to Romagna, carried their arms and diffused their name from the Alps to the Apennine. The Ligurians dwelt on the rocky coast which now forms the republic of Genoa. Venice was yet unborn; but the territories of that state, which lie to the east of the Adige, were inhabited by the Venetians.

But, instead of following the arbitrary divisions of despotism and ignorance, it will be safer for us, as well as more agreeable, to observe the indelible characters of nature. The name of Asia Minor is attributed with some propriety to the peninsula, which, confined betwixt the Euxine and the Mediterranean, advances from the Euphrates towards Europe. The most extensive and flourishing district, westward of Mount Taurus and the River Halys, was dignified by the Romans with the exclusive title of Asia.

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