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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (The) (Unabridged)


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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (The) (Unabridged)

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in AD 476, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who endeavours to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader.

In Volume II (Chapters XVI–XXVI), Gibbon continues his survey of Christianity from Nero to Constantine, while also continuing with the establishment of Constantinople, the new principal seat of the Empire, and its strategically important site. The second volume also contains Gibbon’s sympathetic portrait of Julian, whose reign was short, but whose personality, wisdom, courage and clarity bore the hallmarks of the great emperor that Rome needed. It closes towards the end of the 4th century with the settlement of the Goths in Thrace and Asia.

Disc 1

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 16 00:10:13
2.   Since the Jews, who rejected with abhorrence… 00:08:47
3.   The personal guilt which every Christian had contracted… 00:11:21
4.   I: By the wise dispensation of Providence… 00:11:24
5.   But it would be improper to dismiss this account… 00:08:11
6.   It is somewhat remarkable that the flames of war… 00:07:13
7.   II: About ten years afterwards, under the reign of Trajan… 00:08:36
8.   III: Punishment was not the inevitable consequence… 00:05:52
9.   Whenever they were invested with a discretionary power… 00:07:23

Disc 2

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The propriety of reserving himself for the future… 00:11:29
2.   The sober discretion of the present age… 00:09:02
3.   IV: Notwithstanding the general rules established… 00:12:12
4.   Notwithstanding the cruel disposition of Maximin… 00:08:03
5.   Notwithstanding these scandalous vices… 00:10:50
6.   Although the policy of Diocletian… 00:09:54
7.   This edict was scarcely exhibited to the public view… 00:09:38
8.   Some slight disturbances… 00:06:35

Disc 3

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The revolt of Maxentius immediately restore peace… 00:09:33
2.   But this treacherous calm was of short duration… 00:08:22
3.   The vague descriptions of exile and imprisonment… 00:07:09
4.   Chapter 17 00:10:34
5.   The harbour of Constantinople, which may be considered… 00:09:49
6.   The prospect of beauty, of safety, and of wealth… 00:09:24
7.   During the seige of Byzantium… 00:10:56
8.   The frequent and regular distributions of wine and oil… 00:06:02
9.   The foundation of a new capital is naturally connected… 00:06:52

Disc 4

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   I: As long as the Roman consuls were the first magistrates… 00:09:49
2.   II: The fortunes of the Praetorian praefects… 00:12:02
3.   As the spirit of jealousy and ostentation prevailed… 00:10:21
4.   III: In the system of policy introduced by Augustus… 00:08:25
5.   The same timid policy, of dividing whatever is united… 00:10:37
6.   IV: Besides the magistrates and generals… 00:08:59
7.   4. The extraordinary title of count of the sacred largesses… 00:08:11
8.   The deceitful and dangerous experiment… 00:10:44

Disc 5

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The agriculture of the Roman provinces… 00:08:03
2.   But this tax or capitation on the proprietors of land… 00:07:14
3.   Chapter 18 00:09:16
4.   The same fortune which so invariably followed the standard… 00:10:42
5.   The innocence of Crispus was so universally acknowledged… 00:11:28
6.   Among the different branches of the human race… 00:08:20
7.   He contributed at least to improve this advantage… 00:08:38
8.   But this reign could subsist only in empty pageantry… 00:07:31
9.   While the martial nations of Europe… 00:07:35

Disc 6

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   During the long period of the reign of Constantius… 00:09:52
2.   After the partition of the empire… 00:09:23
3.   The intelligence of these important events… 00:07:58
4.   The behaviour of Constantius on this memorable occasion… 00:09:01
5.   The approach of winter supplied the indolence of Constantius… 00:08:19
6.   Chapter 19 00:08:20
7.   The writers the most indulgent to the memory of Gallus… 00:07:48
8.   After such a deed… 00:08:52
9.   By the intercession of his patroness… 00:08:43

Disc 7

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The two princes returned to the palace in the same chariot… 00:08:13
2.   The satisfaction which Constantius had received… 00:10:53
3.   While the Roman emperor and the Persian monarch… 00:09:19
4.   The ancient city of Amid or Amida… 00:08:19
5.   The defence of the East against the arms of Sapor… 00:11:03
6.   Immediately after Julian had received the purple… 00:11:56
7.   After Julian had repulsed the Alemanni from the provinces… 00:11:43
8.   A tender regard for the peace and happiness… 00:07:54

Disc 8

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 20 00:08:35
2.   As long as Constantine exercised a limited sovereignty… 00:10:53
3.   In the general order of Providence, princes and tyrants… 00:08:02
4.   I: An instrument of the tortures which were inflicted… 00:05:24
5.   II: In all occasions of danger or distress… 00:05:31
6.   III: The philosopher, who with calm suspicion… 00:11:19
7.   The awful mysteries of the Christian faith and worship… 00:08:34
8.   The gratitude of the church has exalted the virtues… 00:08:34
9.   But the distinction of the spiritual and temporal powers… 00:07:02
10.   I: The freedom of elections subsisted long after… 00:04:51

Disc 9

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   II: The bishops alone possessed the faculty… 00:05:24
2.   III: The edict of Milan secured the revenue as well as… 00:07:03
3.   IV: The Latin clergy, who erected their tribunal… 00:09:59
4.   VI: Every popular government has experienced the effects… 00:08:08
5.   Chapter 21 00:09:06
6.   But this incident, so inconsiderable… 00:10:36
7.   The eloquence of Plato, the name of Solomon… 00:07:56
8.   I: A chosen society of philosophers… 00:11:02
9.   When the mysteries of the Christian faith… 00:10:02

Disc 10

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   This pure and distinct equality was tempered… 00:11:18
2.   The provinces of Egypt and Asia, which cultivated… 00:09:51
3.   But, as if the conduct of the emperor had been guided… 00:08:34
4.   Our more intimate knowledge of the ecclesiastical… 00:10:36
5.   In his youth, the primate of Egypt resisted… 00:11:15
6.   During his second exile in the West… 00:09:12
7.   The friends of Athanasius were not, however… 00:08:00
8.   The disgrace and exile of the orthodox bishops of the West… 00:10:39

Disc 11

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The retirement of Athanasius, which ended only… 00:09:10
2.   I: The Roman pontiff, as long as he maintained… 00:08:59
3.   The cruel and arbitrary disposition of Constantius… 00:09:02
4.   Such disorders are the natural effects of religious tyranny… 00:08:28
5.   The sons of Constantine trod in the footsteps… 00:08:53
6.   Chapter 22 00:10:15
7.   After a painful conflict, Julian was compelled… 00:10:57
8.   To moderate the zeal of his party… 00:12:59

Disc 12

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The situation of Julian required a vigorous… 00:09:58
2.   The homage which Julian obtained from the fears… 00:10:47
3.   A few days afterwards, when the remains… 00:08:48
4.   The reformation of the Imperial court… 00:09:31
5.   Before the end of the year in which… 00:09:57
6.   From Constantinople, the attention of the monarch… 00:09:17
7.   Chapter 23 00:09:00
8.   As soon as Gallus was invested with the honours… 00:12:12

Disc 13

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   In every age the absence of genuine inspiration… 00:10:02
2.   The dissimulation of Julian lasted about ten years… 00:07:45
3.   As soon as he ascended the throne… 00:10:28
4.   The enthusiasm of Julian prompted him to embrace… 00:10:44
5.   In the midst of a rocky and barren country… 00:10:11
6.   Yet on this occasion, the joint efforts of power… 00:10:54
7.   It was undoubtedly the wish and design of Julian… 00:06:22
8.   At the distance of five miles from Antioch… 00:11:42

Disc 14

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   George, from his parents or his education, surnamed… 00:09:07
2.   After the tumult of Alexandria had subsided… 00:11:43
3.   Chapter 24 00:09:32
4.   If Julian had flattered himself… 00:08:45
5.   Yet Antioch possessed one citizen, whose genius… 00:08:23
6.   Hierapolis, situated almost on the banks of the Euphrates… 00:10:12
7.   The country which they traversed from the Chaboras… 00:08:33
8.   The fields of Assyria were devoted by Julian… 00:06:08
9.   The fortifications were razed to the ground… 00:06:48

Disc 15

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   As it becomes an emperor who has filled the first rank… 00:10:51
2.   On the second day after the battle the domestic guards… 00:08:27
3.   The cumbersome train of artillery and wagons… 00:08:11
4.   While Julian struggled with the almost insuperable… 00:10:17
5.   The triumph of Christianity, and the calamities… 00:09:35
6.   In this hopeless situation, the fainting spirits… 00:10:14
7.   The friends of Julian had confidently announced… 00:07:57
8.   After Jovian had performed those engagements… 00:06:38
9.   Chapter 25 00:07:18

Disc 16

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   The consternation of the Pagan world was dispelled… 00:11:29
2.   The invitation of the ministers and generals at Nice… 00:08:06
3.   The tranquillity of the East was soon disturbed… 00:12:00
4.   Such indeed are the common and natural fruits of despotism… 00:09:58
5.   After he became master of the world… 00:09:56
6.   The friend of toleration was unfortunately placed… 00:09:59
7.   The strict regulations which have been framed… 00:10:14
8.   I: The ambassadors of the Alemanni had been offended… 00:06:18

Disc 17

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   While the Alemanni appeared to be humbled… 00:10:22
2.   The rumour of the successful armaments… 00:04:47
3.   II: The fabulous colonies of Egyptians and Trojans… 00:08:52
4.   Six years after the death of Constantine… 00:07:48
5.   III: The prince who refuses to be the judge… 00:10:45

Disc 18

  The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)
1.   Africa had been lost by the vices of Romanus… 00:05:49
2.   IV: The ignominious treaty which saved the army of Jovian… 00:11:58
3.   V: During a peaceful interval of thirty years… 00:07:42
4.   The splendour and magnitude of this Gothic war… 00:10:30
5.   The mind of Valentinian, who then resided at Treves… 00:10:45

Total Playing Time: 22:30:39

Gibbon, Edward

Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0126

Barcode: 9781843797166

Physical Release: 03/2014

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