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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (The) (Unabridged)


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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (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 III (Chapters XXVII–XXXVI), Gibbon charts the fall of the Western Empire. Starting with the reign of Emperor Gratian (d. AD 383), his survey moves to political and religious issues in the East and West before covering the increasing military power of the Barbarians. Occasionally a great Roman general emerges to stem the tide, but internecine power struggles see the Western Empire weakened, until Gaul, Britain, Spain and other territories find themselves, as the 5th century advances, unable to rely on Rome for defence.

Disc 1

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 26 00:11:05
2.   The supply is multiplied and prolonged… 00:10:32
3.   The political society of the ancient Germans… 00:11:46
4.   The annals of China illustrate the state and revolutions… 00:08:18
5.   The conquest of China has been twice achieved… 00:11:50
6.   It is impossible to fill the dark interval of time… 00:10:38
7.   After Valens had terminated the Gothic war… 00:08:36
8.   The Goths, with arms in their hands… 00:06:42

Disc 2

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   Lupicinus had invited the Gothic chiefs… 00:08:37
2.   The imprudence of Valens and his ministers… 00:09:29
3.   One of the most dangerous inconveniences… 00:11:15
4.   On the ninth of August, a day which has deserved… 00:10:50
5.   A Gothic soldier was slain by the dagger of an Arab… 00:08:17
6.   The emperor Gratian was far advanced on his march… 00:09:29
7.   It is not without the most sincere regret… 00:09:42
8.   In the hands of a skilful politician… 00:11:47

Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   The calamities of the war were painted in the most lively… 00:05:31
2.   Chapter 27 00:11:11
3.   But there was danger likewise in refusing the empire… 00:09:50
4.   Before he again took the field against the Goths… 00:09:43
5.   Gregory submitted with reluctance to this humiliating exile… 00:10:10
6.   The hope, that truth and wisdom would be found… 00:12:10
7.   The theory of persecution was established by Theodosius… 00:10:00
8.   The government of Italy, and of the young emperor… 00:10:31

Disc 4

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   The reason of the present age may possibly approve… 00:10:01
2.   The veterans, who still remembered the long resistance… 00:09:30
3.   Yet the piercing eye of the founder of the republic… 00:11:19
4.   The sedition of Thessalonica is ascribed… 00:09:10
5.   The emperor was deeply affected by his own reproaches… 00:11:57
6.   The prudence of Arbogastes had prepared the success… 00:10:18
7.   His victory was decisive… 00:09:33
8.   Chapter 28 00:07:33

Disc 5

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   But the emperor yet spared the statues of the gods… 00:11:24
2.   The filial piety of the emperors themselves… 00:09:21
3.   In this wide and various prospect of devastation… 00:10:04
4.   He aimed a vigorous stroke against the cheek of Serapis… 00:09:44
5.   A nation of slaves is always prepared to applaud… 00:10:58
6.   I: The satisfactory experience… 00:06:28
7.   III: The innumerable miracles… 00:09:05
8.   Chapter 29 00:12:09

Disc 6

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   But the absence, and, soon afterwards, the death… 00:10:13
2.   The celestial gift, which Achilles obtained… 00:08:04
3.   The impartiality which Stilicho affected… 00:10:10
4.   The prudent Stilicho, instead of persisting to force… 00:10:45
5.   Gildo was prepared to resist the invasion with all the forces… 00:09:38
6.   Chapter 30 00:09:54
7.   Corinth, Argos, Sparta yielded without resistance… 00:09:54
8.   The court of Arcadius indulged the zeal… 00:10:40

Disc 7

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   Without losing a moment (while each moment was so important…) 00:10:32
2.   The eloquence of Claudian has celebrated… 00:09:47
3.   The recent danger, to which the person of the emperor… 00:12:09
4.   The correspondence of nations was, in that age… 00:10:56
5.   The fame of the victory, and more especially… 00:10:48
6.   In the early part of the reign of Honorius… 00:09:20
7.   The poet, whose flattery has ascribed to the Roman eagle… 00:07:10
8.   But the reign of Stilicho drew towards its end… 00:08:27

Disc 8

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   The servile crowd of the palace… 00:12:22
2.   Chapter 31 00:08:40
3.   During a period of six hundred and nineteen years… 00:10:45
4.   'The marbles of the Anician palace,' were used… 00:09:46
5.   'The greatness of Rome' - such is the language… 00:08:31
6.   In the same manner as the cavalry and infantry… 00:11:17
7.   In populous cities, which are the seat of commerce… 00:09:27
8.   But the most lively and splendid amusement… 00:08:20

Disc 9

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   The two classes of domus and of insuloe… 00:10:31
2.   But the public treasury was exhausted… 00:12:15
3.   While the emperor and his court enjoyed, with sullen pride… 00:09:02
4.   But there is a Providence (such at least was the opinion…) 00:09:40
5.   In the sack of Rome, some rare and extraordinary examples… 00:08:23
6.   Whatever might be the numbers of equestrian… 00:09:57
7.   The retreat of the victorious Goths who evacuated Rome… 00:10:21
8.   With these pacific views, the successor of Alaric… 00:08:58

Disc 10

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   One of the successors of Torismond… 00:12:01
2.   The general, (Constantius was his name)… 00:09:28
3.   The situation of Spain, separated, on all sides… 00:10:12
4.   The Spanish war was obstinately supported… 00:12:10
5.   This revolution dissolved the artificial fabric… 00:10:21
6.   Chapter 32 00:12:10
7.   As long as he despoiled the oppressors… 00:12:19

Disc 11

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   A soft and wealthy province, in the heart of the empire… 00:10:58
2.   While this domestic revolution was transacted… 00:08:52
3.   After the death of the indolent Nectarius… 00:11:01
4.   This ecclesiastical conspiracy was managed by Theophilus… 00:11:41
5.   Yet a reasonable doubt may be entertained… 00:08:57
6.   But the Romans had so long been accustomed… 00:09:58
7.   The story of a fair and virtuous maiden… 00:09:10
8.   The gentle mind of Theodosius was never inflamed… 00:08:31

Disc 12

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   Exasperated by the firmness of Isaac… 00:01:39
2.   Chapter 33 00:10:00
3.   The emperor of the East acquired the useful dominion… 00:11:58
4.   Our fancy, so long accustomed to exaggerate… 00:10:04
5.   The long and narrow tract of the African coast… 00:11:25
6.   It might naturally be expected, after the retreat… 00:10:00
7.   Among the insipid legends of ecclesiastical history… 00:08:11
8.   Chapter 34 00:07:16
9.   Attila, the son of Mundzuk, deduced his noble… 00:08:54

Disc 13

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   In the proud review of the nations… 00:11:41
2.   In all their invasions of the civilized empires of the South… 00:10:00
3.   The Huns might be provoked to insult… 00:10:29
4.   It would have been strange, indeed, if Theodosius… 00:09:05
5.   At length, by the intercession of Scotta… 00:09:58
6.   His anger gradually subsided… 00:08:19
7.   After some previous conversation, and a mutual oath… 00:09:05
8.   Chapter 35 00:10:29

Disc 14

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   The kingdom, established by the Visigoths… 00:09:48
2.   From the report of his spies… 00:08:53
3.   A native of Gaul, and a contemporary… 00:10:59
4.   On their approach, the king of the Huns immediately raised… 00:10:33
5.   But his enemies had passed the night… 00:12:10
6.   It is a saying worthy of the ferocious pride of Attila… 00:09:09
7.   The Roman ambassadors were introduced… 00:09:33
8.   Such an event might contribute to the safety… 00:08:00

Disc 15

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   As early as the time of Cicero and Varro… 00:03:30
2.   Chapter 36 00:10:06
3.   On the third day after the tumult… 00:12:02
4.   Theodoric, to whom Avitus was indebted for the purple… 00:10:37
5.   The pressing solicitations of the senate and people… 00:11:49
6.   The private and public actions of Majorian… 00:08:58
7.   While the emperor Majorian assiduously laboured… 00:09:37
8.   It was not, perhaps, without some regret… 00:10:35

Disc 16

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 3 (Unabridged)
1.   Since the death of the younger Theodosius… 00:09:27
2.   The Greeks ambitiously commend the piety… 00:10:05
3.   Experience has shown, that the success of an invader… 00:09:34
4.   One of the last acts of jurisdiction… 00:09:33
5.   Their recommendation was approved… 00:09:07
6.   Whilst the vacant throne of Italy was abandoned… 00:09:13
7.   Their gallant leader, who did not survive… 00:10:50
8.   Odoacer was the first Barbarian who reigned in Italy… 00:09:30

Total Playing Time: 21:03:15

Gibbon, Edward

Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0127

Barcode: 9781843797173

Physical Release: 05/2014

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