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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 4 (The) (Unabridged)

    

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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 4 (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 this recording, David Timson incorporates the most salient of Gibbon’s footnotes.

In Volume IV (Chapters XXXVII–XLVI), Gibbon explores the state of the Roman provinces after the dissolution of the Western Empire, and examines the reasons for its fall—not excluding its ‘immoderate greatness’. He then moves to the Empire in the East and its rule under Justinian (527−565), whose formidable leadership saw the re-fortification of Constantinople and the frontiers of the Eastern Empire. However, dangerous times remain ahead as the Persians make attempts to siege Constantinople. Gibbon ends with the state of the Eastern Empire in the sixth century and its weaknesses after a long war.



Disc 1

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 37 00:10:00
2.   Athanasius introduced into Rome… 00:10:06
3.   Such rare and illustrious penitents were celebrated… 00:08:47
4.   Pleasure and guilt are synonymous terms… 00:09:52
5.   The lives of the primitive monks were consumed… 00:09:42
6.   Among these heroes of the monastic life… 00:11:09
7.   Their fiercer brethren, the formidable Visigoths… 00:10:35
8.   The temper and understanding of the new proselytes… 00:08:33


Disc 2

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   The passionate declarations of the Catholic… 00:09:40
2.   VI. A new mode of conversion… 00:09:08
3.   The example of fraud must excite suspicion… 00:09:14
4.   His son and successor, Recared… 00:12:03
5.   Chapter 38 00:10:07
6.   The first exploit of Clovis was the defeat of Syagrius… 00:08:43
7.   Till the thirtieth year of his age Clovis continued… 00:10:45
8.   The kingdom of the Burgundians… 00:08:59


Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   A full chorus of perpetual psalmody… 00:11:18
2.   Such is the empire of Fortune… 00:10:08
3.   The Franks, or French, are the only people of Europe… 00:09:56
4.   In the calm moments of legislation… 00:10:31
5.   The silence of ancient and authentic testimony… 00:11:39
6.   The general state and revolutions of France… 00:11:27
7.   We are now qualified to despise the opposite… 00:13:38


Disc 4

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   One of these legislative councils of Toledo… 00:11:59
2.   A monk, who in the profound ignorance… 00:08:30
3.   In a century of perpetual… 00:08:46
4.   This strange alteration has persuaded historians… 00:08:05
5.   Their disposition was rash and choleric… 00:08:08
6.   General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire 00:10:26
7.   This awful revolution may be usefully applied… 00:07:54
8.   III. Cold, poverty, and a life of danger and fatigue… 00:08:32
9.   Chapter 39 00:05:12


Disc 5

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   An hero, descended from a race of kings… 00:08:55
2.   In every state of his fortune… 00:10:30
3.   The jealousy of power and the mischiefs of discord… 00:12:57
4.   The life of Theodoric represents the rare… 00:10:25
5.   As the patron of the republic… 00:10:51
6.   A difference of religion is always pernicious… 00:08:04
7.   Even the religious toleration… 00:09:56
8.   A philosopher, liberal of his wealth… 00:07:43


Disc 6

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   But his genius survived to diffuse a ray… 00:07:08
2.   Chapter 40 00:10:04
3.   While he indulged the people of Constantinople… 00:08:53
4.   I. In the exercise of supreme power… 00:10:35
5.   Those who believe that the female mind… 00:07:49
6.   II. A material difference may be observed… 00:11:43
7.   A sedition which almost laid Constantinople in ashes… 00:11:20
8.   III. That empire, after Rome was barbarous… 00:11:33


Disc 7

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   To escape the Tartar robbers and the tyrants… 00:10:45
2.   IV. The subjects of Justinian were dissatisfied… 00:09:43
3.   The aerial tribute, without a name… 00:11:50
4.   V. The edifices of Justinian were cemented… 00:10:00
5.   But the pride of the Roman Solomon… 00:11:17
6.   Almost every saint in the calendar acquired the honours… 00:10:20
7.   Asia Minor, after the submission of the Isaurians… 00:15:18


Disc 8

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   The death of Perozes abandoned Persia… 00:08:37
2.   VII. Justinian suppressed the schools of Athens… 00:10:12
3.   The Gothic arms were less fatal to the schools of Athens… 00:11:49
4.   Chapter 41 00:11:03
5.   The Africanus of new Rome was born… 00:11:10
6.   In the seventh year of the reign of Justinian… 00:11:13
7.   In a march of ten or twelve days… 00:15:01


Disc 9

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   The historian has inserted and the reader may easily… 00:10:09
2.   Yet the conquest of Africa was imperfect… 00:11:55
3.   But the purest reward of Belisarius… 00:11:27
4.   The experience of past faults… 00:09:44
5.   But the future happiness of the queen of Italy… 00:11:13
6.   Although Theodatus descended from a race of heroes… 00:09:39
7.   At the end of twenty days that of Belisarius… 00:07:03
8.   As soon as Belisarius had fortified his new conquests… 00:07:44


Disc 10

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Yet Rome in its present state… 00:12:15
2.   From the moment that Belisarius had determined… 00:10:17
3.   These seasonable aids… 00:10:42
4.   In this hasty act of violence… 00:10:02
5.   As soon as Belisarius was delivered… 00:09:35
6.   Every spectator admired, without peril… 00:11:21
7.   A philosopher may pity and forgive the infirmities… 00:08:56
8.   Chapter 42 00:05:42


Disc 11

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   In such an age, the triumphs of Belisarius… 00:10:15
2.   Four thousand six hundred villages were scattered… 00:09:37
3.   In the midst of these obscure calamities… 00:09:08
4.   In the rapid career of conquest… 00:10:28
5.   The answer of Disabul corresponded… 00:08:38
6.   But the justice of kings is understood by themselves… 00:10:35
7.   In the search of universal knowledge… 00:10:07
8.   He advanced into the heart of Syria… 00:10:16


Disc 12

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Fifteen generals, without concert or skill… 00:10:49
2.   Yet, amidst the rudest ignorance… 00:09:48
3.   But the Lazi soon discovered that their impatience… 00:11:50
4.   In peace, the king of Persia continually sought… 00:08:24
5.   The independence of the Homerites… 00:05:59
6.   Chapter 43 00:09:48
7.   A personal injury, the unjust execution or murder… 00:09:45
8.   The virtues of Belisarius were replaced… 00:12:20


Disc 13

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   The foresight of Totila had raised obstacles… 00:09:41
2.   The loss of Rome was speedily retrieved… 00:09:25
3.   Before the departure of Belisarius, Perusia was besieged… 00:10:14
4.   The talents of Narses were tried and improved… 00:10:00
5.   The first line of cavalry advanced with more courage… 00:11:00
6.   Before Lucca had surrendered… 00:09:34
7.   After a reign of sixty years… 00:09:06
8.   But the eyes of the prince and people… 00:08:56


Disc 14

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   If the emperor could rejoice in the death of Belisarius… 00:05:04
2.   I shall conclude this chapter… 00:12:07
3.   III. Aethiopia and Egypt have been stigmatised… 00:10:54
4.   Chapter 44 00:08:59
5.   I shall not repeat the well - known story of the Decemvirs… 00:10:09
6.   Once, and once only, he experienced… 00:10:37
7.   The tyrant of Rome was sometimes the benefactor… 00:12:01
8.   The jurisprudence which had been grossly adapted… 00:09:00


Disc 15

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   This opposition of sentiments was propagated… 00:10:29
2.   From the library of Tribonian they chose forty… 00:11:58
3.   It is the first care of a reformer to prevent… 00:10:20
4.   The law of nature instructs most animals… 00:08:15
5.   Experience has proved that savages are the tyrants… 00:10:44
6.   Insufficient remedies followed with distant and tardy steps… 00:09:25
7.   The relation of guardian and ward… 00:09:03
8.   The personal title of the first proprietor… 00:09:02


Disc 16

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   But the experience of unnatural parents… 00:08:29
2.   II. The obligations of the second class… 00:09:06
3.   The execution of the Alban dictator… 00:11:36
4.   The first imperfect attempt to restore the proportion… 00:12:07
5.   The free citizens of Athens and Rome… 00:13:40
6.   Chapter 45 00:09:11
7.   While Alboin served under his father's standard… 00:08:18
8.   The destruction of a mighty kingdom… 00:06:36


Disc 17

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   The reality, or the suspicion… 00:11:50
2.   When the nephew of Justinian ascended the throne… 00:09:50
3.   With the odious name of Tiberius… 00:11:23
4.   During a period of two hundred years… 00:12:03
5.   So rapid was the influence of climate and example… 00:09:34
6.   Amidst the arms of the Lombards… 00:11:40
7.   The pontificate of Gregory the Great… 00:11:27


Disc 18

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 46 00:10:19
2.   The throne of Chosroes Nushirvan was filled… 00:11:26
3.   As the passes were faithfully guarded… 00:09:52
4.   The palace was soon distracted with conspiracy… 00:10:40
5.   These were the casual sallies of his pride… 00:10:35
6.   The military fame of Commentiolus is the object of satire… 00:10:05
7.   In a small bark the unfortunate Maurice… 00:07:36
8.   In the massacre of the Imperial family… 00:07:31


Disc 19

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Even after his death the republic was afflicted… 00:09:43
2.   From the long - disputed banks of the Tigris and Euphrates… 00:10:37
3.   On the shore of Chalcedon the emperor held… 00:10:05
4.   Whatever hardship the emperor imposed on the troops… 00:11:06
5.   Instead of skirmishing on the frontier… 00:10:26
6.   Eastward of the Tigris, at the end of the bridge of Mosul… 00:09:19
7.   Twenty - two satraps, they styled themselves patriots… 00:09:23

Total Playing Time: 24:47:23






Author(s):
Gibbon, Edward

Reader(s):
Timson, David

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NA0128

Barcode: 9781843797180

Physical Release: 07/2014

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