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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (The) (Unabridged)


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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (The) (Unabridged)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars of subsequent ages. The sheer scale of the subject is daunting, encompassing a millennium and a half of history, covering not merely the Western Roman Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until it was vanquished by the Turks in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical scholar, part sensational storyteller, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who, writing in the age of reason, endeavours to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader. It is meticulously planned, and charts the fall and rise of Western mankind from the dust of the Empire into the modern nations of Europe.

The work consists of 71 chapters, 2,136 paragraphs, some one million and a half words, and close to 8,000 footnotes: a magnum opus indeed by anyone’s standards.

Disc 1

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 1 00:09:25
2.   But the superior merit of Agricola… 00:10:54
3.   The terror of the Roman arms added weight… 00:09:24
4.   Nine centuries of war had gradually introduced… 00:09:21
5.   The camp of a Roman legion presented the appearance… 00:10:04
6.   Ancient Gaul, as it contained the whole country… 00:10:36
7.   Such was the state of Europe under the Roman emperors. 00:10:43
8.   Chapter 2 00:08:46

Disc 2

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Notwithstanding the fashionable irreligion which prevailed… 00:09:08
2.   Till the privileges of Romans had been progressively extended… 00:07:33
3.   So sensible were the Romans of the influence of language… 00:08:54
4.   Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition… 00:07:47
5.   It is natural to suppose that the greatest number… 00:11:11
6.   We have computed the inhabitants, and contemplated… 00:09:38
7.   Whatever evils either reason or declamation have imputed… 00:07:08
8.   But it is no easy task to confine luxury… 00:11:44
9.   Chapter 3 00:06:08

Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Amidst this confusion of sentiments… 00:09:08
2.   Although Augustus considered a military force… 00:08:09
3.   By declaring themselves the protectors of the people… 00:10:39
4.   I: The death of Caesar was ever before his eyes. 00:09:49
5.   Nerva had scarcely accepted the purple… 00:10:09
6.   If a man were called to fix the period in the history… 00:12:44
7.   Chapter 4 00:09:31
8.   One evening (A.D. 183), as the emperor was returning… 00:08:44

Disc 4

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The rank of Consul, of Patrician, of Senator… 00:09:46
2.   Elated with these praises, which gradually extinguished… 00:08:38
3.   The measures of the conspirators were conducted… 00:09:18
4.   To heal, as far as it was possible, the wounds… 00:07:52
5.   Chapter 5 00:09:59
6.   It was now incumbent on the Praetorians to fulfil… 00:11:01
7.   The country of Pannonia and Dalmatia, which occupied… 00:10:22
8.   The first cares of Severus were bestowed on two measures… 00:12:05

Disc 5

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Yet, in the contest between Niger and Severus… 00:08:05
2.   Although the wounds of civil war appeared completely… 00:08:53
3.   Chapter 6 00:09:34
4.   The parallel would be little to the advantage… 00:09:42
5.   The crime went not unpunished. 00:09:47
6.   It was impossible that such a character… 00:10:38
7.   In the management of this necessary reformation… 00:10:32
8.   As the attention of the new emperor was diverted… 00:12:15

Disc 6

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   It was impossible that such a reconciliation should last… 00:08:53
2.   The simple journal of his ordinary occupations… 00:11:22
3.   The lenity of the emperor confirmed the insolence… 00:10:19
4.   History has never, perhaps, suffered a greater… 00:11:24
5.   Such a tax, plentiful as it must prove… 00:08:25
6.   Chapter 7 00:10:30
7.   The circumstances of his death are variously related. 00:08:30
8.   The procurator of Africa was a servant worthy… 00:10:01

Disc 7

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   'Conscript fathers,' said the consul Syllanus… 00:09:45
2.   After the senate had conferred on Maximus and Balbinus… 00:09:04
3.   The emperor Maximus, who had advanced as far as… 00:10:32
4.   When the senate elected two princes… 00:09:00
5.   We cannot forbear transcribing the ingenious… 00:08:32
6.   Chapter 8 00:10:04
7.   The great and fundamental article of the system… 00:09:08
8.   Had Zoroaster, in all his institutions… 00:12:45

Disc 8

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Under the reign of Marcus… 00:09:54
2.   Our suspicions are confirmed by the authority… 00:08:13
3.   Chapter 9 00:10:34
4.   Such rational doubt is but ill suited with the genius… 00:10:26
5.   If we contemplate a savage nation in any part of the globe… 00:09:54
6.   Civil governments, in their first institution… 00:08:44
7.   Although the progress of civilization… 00:11:31
8.   Such was the situation, and such were the manners… 00:08:57

Disc 9

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The general conspiracy which terrified the Romans… 00:05:17
2.   Chapter 10 00:10:14
3.   Notwithstanding the mysterious obscurity of the Edda… 00:10:22
4.   The Goths were now in possession of the Ukraine… 00:09:33
5.   A magistrate, invested with such extensive powers… 00:09:03
6.   But the Romans were irritated to a still higher degree… 00:09:58
7.   The Romans had long experienced the daring valour… 00:09:18
8.   III: We have already traced the emigration of the Goths… 00:08:16
9.   The second expedition of the Goths… 00:06:46

Disc 10

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   But this exploit, whatever lustre it might shed… 00:08:38
2.   The loss of an important frontier… 00:11:06
3.   The emperor Gallienus, who had long supported… 00:09:19
4.   The lieutenants of Valerian were grateful to the father… 00:06:03
5.   Such were the barbarians, and such the tyrants… 00:08:26
6.   Chapter 11 00:09:17
7.   The siege of Milan was still continued… 00:08:18
8.   The event surpassed his own expectations… 00:08:22
9.   The reign of Aurelian lasted only four years… 00:08:50

Disc 11

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The emperor was almost at the same time informed… 00:08:50
2.   But whatever confidence might be placed in ideal ramparts… 00:10:53
3.   After a successful expedition against the Gothic… 00:09:51
4.   In his march over the sandy desert… 00:08:38
5.   Since the foundation of Rome, no general had more nobly… 00:08:03
6.   The arms of Aurelian had vanquished the foreign… 00:08:49
7.   Chapter 12 00:10:47
8.   The reluctance of Tacitus… 00:06:36
9.   Whilst the deceased emperor was making preparations… 00:07:01

Disc 12

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The peasants of Illyricum, who had already given… 00:07:24
2.   But the most important service which Probus rendered… 00:08:17
3.   Among the useful conditions of peace imposed by Probus… 00:11:15
4.   But in the prosecution of a favourite scheme… 00:09:25
5.   The threats of Carus were not without effect. 00:08:17
6.   The only merit of the administration of Carinus… 00:08:50
7.   In the midst of this glittering pageantry… 00:08:48
8.   Chapter 13 00:06:21
9.   The first considerable action of his reign… 00:10:28

Disc 13

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Their patience was at last provoked into despair. 00:09:57
2.   He beheld, with anxious terror, the opposite shores… 00:08:49
3.   While the Caesars exercised their valour… 00:09:15
4.   When Tiridates appeared on the frontiers of Armenia… 00:10:34
5.   As soon as Diocletian had indulged his private resentment… 00:09:53
6.   As soon as this difficulty was removed… 00:11:21
7.   The dislike expressed by Diocletian towards Rome… 00:08:13
8.   From the time of Augustus to that of Diocletian… 00:10:57

Disc 14

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Notwithstanding the severity of a very cold and rainy… 00:10:56
2.   Though Constantine, from a very obvious prejudice… 00:09:06
3.   Chapter 14 00:08:00
4.   I: The fame of Constantine has rendered posterity… 00:10:30
5.   The children of Constantius by his second marriage… 00:08:50
6.   Rome, according to the expression of an orator… 00:10:30
7.   The news of his promotion was no sooner carried… 00:10:39
8.   Among so many crimes and misfortunes… 00:10:21

Disc 15

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   Maxentius, who considered the Praetorian guards… 00:09:30
2.   The army of Gaul was drawn up in two lines… 00:09:27
3.   In the use of victory, Constantine neither deserved… 00:10:29
4.   The vanquished emperor left behind him two children… 00:10:16
5.   The first battle was fought near Cibalis… 00:10:31
6.   As the crime was of a public kind… 00:08:38
7.   Instead of embracing such an active resolution… 00:10:08
8.   Chapter 15 00:10:31

Disc 16

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   The conquest of the land of Canaan… 00:07:50
2.   The history of the church of Jerusalem affords a lively… 00:07:32
3.   While the orthodox church preserved a just medium… 00:11:04
4.   In consequence of this opinion… 00:08:47
5.   The writings of Cicero represent in the most lively colours… 00:09:55
6.   When the promise of eternal happiness was proposed… 00:10:31
7.   The condemnation of the wisest and most virtuous… 00:08:56
8.   The miracles of the primitive church… 00:07:15
9.   IV: But the primitive Christian demonstrated his faith… 00:06:53

Disc 17

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   There are two very natural propensities… 00:07:06
2.   It was with the utmost difficulty… 00:05:50
3.   V: But the human character, however it may be… 00:08:46
4.   Such was the mild and equal constitution by which… 00:10:24
5.   The progress of the ecclesiastical authority… 00:10:40
6.   II: It is the undoubted right of every society to exclude… 00:08:31

Disc 18

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 (Unabridged)
1.   In the course of this important, though perhaps tedious… 00:10:06
2.   The rich provinces that extend from the Euphrates… 00:08:05
3.   A perpetual stream of strangers and provincials… 00:09:46
4.   From Edessa the principles of Christianity… 00:07:39
5.   And yet these exceptions are either too few in number… 00:08:09

Total Playing Time: 22:38:56

Gibbon, Edward

Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0125

Barcode: 9781843797159

Physical Release: 01/2014

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