The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (PDF)

R him to include a few dates than the years placed in the margins of ach pageIt deserves mention that the Catholic Church proscribed this book for than 200 years and not only or primarily because of how cruel Gibbon was to the Catholic Church I for one would call him cruel but fair and he often bent over backward to make the case for orthodox interpretations of Christianity Instead the main reason the Catholic Church attacked Gibbon is because he described vents that really happened At several points in the last 1700 years the Catholic Church has tried to claim that certain vents in its attacks on heresy and certain fights between popes and anti popes never happened Gibbon will have none of that nor will be accept the vents in the lives of the saints as being wholly truthful When he demanded fact checking on claims of the Catholic Church it is no wonder the church hierarchy wanted him bannedMany suggest that Gibbon worked with care on the first three volumes covering the Western Empire than he did on the final three volumes It s true that after the attempt by Emperor Justinian to re take the Mediterranean the narrative falters a bit Some critics say that this is because Gibbon found the Greek Orthodox Byzantines to be less palatable than the traditional Romans It s understandable he would have these feelings because the Byzantine I borrowed the first two volumes amongst my Dad s all time favourites from his study when I was around fourteen and my nduring fascination with the Roman Empire and ancient history in general most likely stems from a combination of the heady brews of Gibbon s and Tolkien s masterworks which ignited within me a terrific thirst for mythology legend and history that has yet to be slaked As far as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is concerned I believe that Gibbon is the greatest prose stylist in the English language after Shakespeare ven today decades after that always so important first read I still bear the scars and leave lingering traces of my hapless fforts to simulate the ffortless rudition sinuous sublimity poetic polish and mellifluous majesty of the supremely gifted Gibbon in my own comparatively shabby scribblingIf you read no other history of the Roman Empire besides this you would still be impressively knowledgeable Buried especially about its freuently deposed andor murdered ruler s fortunes favorites forays fratricides and follies as well as the general impact on it of Christianity both in itsmbryonic defiant stages and after imperial mass conversion though it should be kept in mind that modern scholarship see for instance Peter Heather s recent ffort of propinuitous theme and rubric challenges Gibbon s assignation of primacy to it in undermining the imperial structure I always recommend reading the unabridged version how dare they slice up Gibbon s beautiful prose painting as the Englishman s musings on the mpire s Byzantine stepchild and its melancholy lingering fforts to clutch and hold the astern provinces in seesaw struggle against Slav Arab Crusader and Turk is well worth the xtra pound or two of paper and potential ligament damage I have a uestion that I think you might be able to help me with should we send this book into space You know download it into a golden thumb drive or perhaps seal a nice leather bound set in a container strap it to a rocket and let it float like the Voyager space probe for all of time There are weighty reasons for answering in ither the positive or the negative Let us xamine themOn the one hand we have very abominable act very imaginable vice very imprudent lunacy able to be committed by man here recorded After all this was written by Man Who Considered History Little Than #man who considered history little than register of the crimes and misfortunes of mankind Imagine an alien race picking up the capsule and deciphering our language Imagine the looks on their faces if they have faces when they hear of the grotesue bunch of bipeds on the other side of the galaxy who do nothing but rape pillage and kill ach other Imagine this happens after our sun xplodes or we blow ourselves up this is the last utterance of an A Certain Justice (Adam Dalgliesh, extinguished species Would we want it to be this. 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Best narrative historyver written Gibbon had so many fewer sources and tools than we have today but his basic conclusions from the late 18th century information he had are still largely correct todayA weakened military and political state that relied heavily on barbarian mercenary soldiers for defense was doomed the different internal barbarian defense was doomed The different internal barbarian just served to divide the military and political and religious structures to a point to where they were asy pickin s from both inside and outside the mpire The western mpire falling first while the astern Greek Byzantine The Case for Paleolibertarianism and Realignment on the Right empire under lessxternal pressure survives much longer Until their Roman Chr Description Edward Gibbon s masterpiece which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century AD to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the Oh My God, What a Complete Aisling east in the fifteenth century is widely considered the greatest work of historyver written This abridgment retains the full scope of the original but in a breadth comparable to a novel Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon s narrative while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term This uniue Monsieur Pain editionmphasizes lements ignored in all other abridgments in particular the role of religion in the mpire and the rise of Islamaudio 6 volumes g driveWill I ver get around to this In the meantime I have found a film which beats the faeces out of Gladiator to ntertain whilst I paint a yellow streak down my backhttpswwwyoutubecomwatchvCWEzp 030420 This film is called The Fall of the Roman Empire deals with Marcus Aurelius 26 April 121 17 March 180 AD from wiki He was the last of the Five Good Emperors and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophersETA there is a TV documentary series not as classy by any means but beggars and choosers and all that Reading parts of this again for work and realised I never reviewed this absolutely massive bookOne of the most fascinating and distorted works of history ver written created by one of the most famous and biased and opinionated historians of all timeFull review to come The obvious issue to address in reviewing the 3500 page unabridged dition of Gibbon s masterpiece is whether the maniacal Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. effort to attack such a work couldver justify preferring it over a single volume abridged dition That is an asy call This work is occasionally tough often xciting but in very sense a necessity over any attempts to Glitter Bomb (A Scrapbooking Mystery, edit down Gibbon I tried the 1200 page Modern Librarydition and found it fragmented and hard to follow simply because Gibbon is telling a story that defies attempts to hone it downIs the language stilted and occasionally hard to follow Sure The first three volumes were released in 1776 and the last three in 1787 Not only are the sentences convoluted and overextended in a manner far greater than 19th century writers like Dickens but Gibbon is inclined to use uaint silly and occasionally racist terms that were common in his Il morto di Maigret era Notions that racial characteristics could be determined by the latitudinal source of an indigenous people s homeland or that a national culture could be described asffeminate have to be taken with an understanding of the limited intelligence of #Western philosophers 250 years agoBut let s remind ourselves of what Gibbon really accomplished Without the benefits of online #philosophers 250 years agoBut let s remind ourselves of what Gibbon really accomplished Without the benefits of online or Wikipedia without the asy ability to travel that some historians take for granted Gibbon did far than compile a history of the Western Roman mpire from the time of Commodius to the collapse of Rome in the 470s as well as the companion history of the Eastern Roman Byzantine mpire from 325 AD to 1453 AD On the way he compiles histories of Christianity heresies as well as Catholic and Eastern Orthodoxies Islam Sunni and Shia and a host of barbarian and tribal cultures such as Franks Goths Suevi Huns Vandals Persian Sassanid and beyond khanates Timurid and very imaginable iteration thereof Gibbon tells history as it should be told as a flow of peoples across a landscape not as a collection of static dates and personages to be memorized in history class though truth be told it would be useful fo. 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Why not Don uixote or The ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINNON THE OTHER of Huckleberry FinnOn the other intimately connected with this narrative of wickedness and stupidity inextricably intertwined in the fabric of this book is the genius of its author Who could read a single page of this great book and not be humbled by the uality of his thought the care of his method the power of his prose If Sexual Secrets ever there was a document that singlehandedly redeems all of the idiocy our race insistently indulges in it s this book At least the aliens would know that one of us had a good head on our shouldersIt is impossible to discuss this work without its author In perusing The Decline and Fall we find innumerable facets of Gibbon the philosopher the poet the politician the theologian the strategist the humanist the public servant the lawyer the yellow journalist the sage and the historian But what we find most of all is Gibbon the lover of life No man hasver loved the variegated tapestry of human affairs from the daily ritual of a serf to the greatest battles ver waged from the planning of a palace to the marital suabbles of a prince He will cast a glance at vents large and small weigh the facts with a disinterested hand and with a knowing nod and amiable wink he will describe them in his inimitable prose Gibbon views life like well aged wine he will take it in sips and draughts savoring very strain in the flavor from the musky rotten odor to the sweet honeyed tinge and then discuss it with you at length He is a connoisseur of life Won t you join him for a drink Well it s not actually the last word on the Empire Gibbon hated the Byzantines thought they were appallingly religious and ineluctably corrupt So he didn t have a good word to say on the Eastern Empire which lasted 1000 years after the fall of the Western Empire Modern historians have rehabilitated the Byzantines to a great xtentYou have to give it up for Mr Gibbon and his grossly distended testicles he smuggled into the universities and libraries of the west a most refreshingly undermined version of Christianity I hold him partially responsible for the inside out #version of religion you see in the modern Church of England aka #of religion you see in the modern Church of England aka aka Episcopalians All the supernatural has been bled right out of the thing They are not Byzantines any I only read vols 1 3 but intend to finish the whole thing one day Hey half of Gibbon is still twice as long as anyone lse The history of human civilization and society is basically a continuum of idiots sociopaths murderers and bores punctuated by the occasional rational individual whose life is cut short by those very sociopaths that succeed him Gibbon s classic documents a tiny cross section of some of the most lamentably pathetic mistakes and awful personalities this doomed species has ver suffered Oh how times have changed the vicissitudes of fortune which spares neither man nor the proudest of his works which buries Purely Sexual empires and cities in a common grave Edward Gibbon The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volumes 1 6 3589 pages and I can t think of than 200 that I would have preferred to have skipped Love Gibbon s sense of humor his methodology his hard bigotry towards the Huns his soft bigotry towards the Christians and his ability to find interesting nouns to link with rapine idleness poverty and rapine rapine and oppression violence and rapine rapine and cruelty rapine and torture rapine and corruption rapine and disregard War rapine and freewill offerings AND that is all just volume one An important and interesting work that moves with a uicker pace than its size or age would suggest There was some drudgery with the minor post Constantinemperors I was also not as The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 excited by the HRE sections as I was by the sections on the Rise of Islam the Mongols the Ottoman Empire and the Crusades Those sections alone are why I rated the second half 5 stars and not 4 Anyway a fantastic read Ironic to finish it right after SP lowers our national credit rating and our senators again fail to do anything productive The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Edward GibbonThe History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a six volume work by the English his. 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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire