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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.   Play with flash player Chapter 37 00:10:00
2.   Play with flash player Athanasius introduced into Rome… 00:10:06
3.   Play with flash player Such rare and illustrious penitents were celebrated… 00:08:47
4.   Play with flash player Pleasure and guilt are synonymous terms… 00:09:52
5.   Play with flash player The lives of the primitive monks were consumed… 00:09:42
6.   Play with flash player Among these heroes of the monastic life… 00:11:09
7.   Play with flash player Their fiercer brethren, the formidable Visigoths… 00:10:35
8.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player The passionate declarations of the Catholic… 00:09:40
2.   Play with flash player VI. A new mode of conversion… 00:09:08
3.   Play with flash player The example of fraud must excite suspicion… 00:09:14
4.   Play with flash player His son and successor, Recared… 00:12:03
5.   Play with flash player Chapter 38 00:10:07
6.   Play with flash player The first exploit of Clovis was the defeat of Syagrius… 00:08:43
7.   Play with flash player Till the thirtieth year of his age Clovis continued… 00:10:45
8.   Play with flash player The kingdom of the Burgundians… 00:08:59


Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player A full chorus of perpetual psalmody… 00:11:18
2.   Play with flash player Such is the empire of Fortune… 00:10:08
3.   Play with flash player The Franks, or French, are the only people of Europe… 00:09:56
4.   Play with flash player In the calm moments of legislation… 00:10:31
5.   Play with flash player The silence of ancient and authentic testimony… 00:11:39
6.   Play with flash player The general state and revolutions of France… 00:11:27
7.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player One of these legislative councils of Toledo… 00:11:59
2.   Play with flash player A monk, who in the profound ignorance… 00:08:30
3.   Play with flash player In a century of perpetual… 00:08:46
4.   Play with flash player This strange alteration has persuaded historians… 00:08:05
5.   Play with flash player Their disposition was rash and choleric… 00:08:08
6.   Play with flash player General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire 00:10:26
7.   Play with flash player This awful revolution may be usefully applied… 00:07:54
8.   Play with flash player III. Cold, poverty, and a life of danger and fatigue… 00:08:32
9.   Play with flash player Chapter 39 00:05:12


Disc 5

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


Disc 6

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


Disc 7

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player To escape the Tartar robbers and the tyrants… 00:10:45
2.   Play with flash player IV. The subjects of Justinian were dissatisfied… 00:09:43
3.   Play with flash player The aerial tribute, without a name… 00:11:50
4.   Play with flash player V. The edifices of Justinian were cemented… 00:10:00
5.   Play with flash player But the pride of the Roman Solomon… 00:11:17
6.   Play with flash player Almost every saint in the calendar acquired the honours… 00:10:20
7.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player The death of Perozes abandoned Persia… 00:08:37
2.   Play with flash player VII. Justinian suppressed the schools of Athens… 00:10:12
3.   Play with flash player The Gothic arms were less fatal to the schools of Athens… 00:11:49
4.   Play with flash player Chapter 41 00:11:03
5.   Play with flash player The Africanus of new Rome was born… 00:11:10
6.   Play with flash player In the seventh year of the reign of Justinian… 00:11:13
7.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player The historian has inserted and the reader may easily… 00:10:09
2.   Play with flash player Yet the conquest of Africa was imperfect… 00:11:55
3.   Play with flash player But the purest reward of Belisarius… 00:11:27
4.   Play with flash player The experience of past faults… 00:09:44
5.   Play with flash player But the future happiness of the queen of Italy… 00:11:13
6.   Play with flash player Although Theodatus descended from a race of heroes… 00:09:39
7.   Play with flash player At the end of twenty days that of Belisarius… 00:07:03
8.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player Yet Rome in its present state… 00:12:15
2.   Play with flash player From the moment that Belisarius had determined… 00:10:17
3.   Play with flash player These seasonable aids… 00:10:42
4.   Play with flash player In this hasty act of violence… 00:10:02
5.   Play with flash player As soon as Belisarius was delivered… 00:09:35
6.   Play with flash player Every spectator admired, without peril… 00:11:21
7.   Play with flash player A philosopher may pity and forgive the infirmities… 00:08:56
8.   Play with flash player Chapter 42 00:05:42


Disc 11

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


Disc 12

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


Disc 13

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV (Unabridged)
1.   Play with flash player The foresight of Totila had raised obstacles… 00:09:41
2.   Play with flash player The loss of Rome was speedily retrieved… 00:09:25
3.   Play with flash player Before the departure of Belisarius, Perusia was besieged… 00:10:14
4.   Play with flash player The talents of Narses were tried and improved… 00:10:00
5.   Play with flash player The first line of cavalry advanced with more courage… 00:11:00
6.   Play with flash player Before Lucca had surrendered… 00:09:34
7.   Play with flash player After a reign of sixty years… 00:09:06
8.   Play with flash player 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.   Play with flash player If the emperor could rejoice in the death of Belisarius… 00:05:04
2.   Play with flash player I shall conclude this chapter… 00:12:07
3.   Play with flash player III. Aethiopia and Egypt have been stigmatised… 00:10:54
4.   Play with flash player Chapter 44 00:08:59
5.   Play with flash player I shall not repeat the well - known story of the Decemvirs… 00:10:09
6.   Play with flash player Once, and once only, he experienced… 00:10:37
7.   Play with flash player The tyrant of Rome was sometimes the benefactor… 00:12:01
8.   Play with flash player The jurisprudence which had been grossly adapted… 00:09:00


Disc 15

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


Disc 16

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


Disc 17

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


Disc 18

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


Disc 19

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

Release Date: 07/2014

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