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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (The), Part I (Abridged)


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GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (The), Part I (Abridged)

Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest texts in the English language. In magisterial prose, Gibbon charts the gradual collapse of the Roman rule from Augustus (23 B.C.–A.D. 14) to the first of the Barbarian kings, Odoacer (A.D. 476–A.D. 490). It is a remarkable account, with the extravagant corruption and depravity of emperors such as Commodus, Caracalla and Elagabalus contrasted by the towering work of Constantine, Julian and other remarkable men. It remains the standard work of scholarship on the subject two hundred years after it was written; yet equally important, in its sheer accessibility, it is an unforgettable story.

Disc 1

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   The Most Civilised Portion Of Mankind 00:12:39
2.   The Terror Of The Roman Arms - The Preservation Of Peace By A Constant Preparation For War 00:09:33
3.   Every Useful Intrument Of War 00:05:49
4.   An Empire United By Laws And Adorned By Arts 00:08:31
5.   The Roman Language - An Influence Over National Manners 00:03:42
6.   The Most Numerous Society Under The Same System Of Government 00:07:23
7.   The Fate Of The Roman World Depended On The Will Of Augustus 00:09:53
8.   A Succession Of Monsters With Uparalleled Vices 00:02:40
9.   The Rule Of The Two Antonines - The Only Period Of History In Which The Happiness Of A Great People 00:01:04
10.   Commodus - Revelling In The Licence Of Sovereign Power 00:14:34
11.   Pertinax Accedes To Power 00:03:22

Disc 2

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   The Praetorian Guards And The Bribe Of Didius Julianus 00:08:27
2.   Septimus Severus - A Pernicious Indulgence 00:02:20
3.   The Two Sons Of Severus - Caracalla And Geta 00:06:11
4.   Caracalla Becomes Sole Emperor 00:06:02
5.   Antoninus Becomes Elagabalus, Supreme Emperor And Pontiff - And Licentious Despot 00:04:54
6.   The Reign Of Alexander - An Auspicious Calm Of Thirteen Years 00:09:00
7.   The Rise Of Maximin, Dark And Sanguinary 00:08:00
8.   Confusion Of Power Between Maximus, Balbinus And Gordianus 00:07:57
9.   Philip - A Period Of Games 00:04:32
10.   Decius And The Appearance Of The Goths 00:06:02
11.   Hostilianus And Gallus 00:03:02
12.   Aemilianus, Valerian And Gallienus - An Empire Oppressed 00:09:05
13.   Claudius - The First Of The Restorers Of The Roman World 00:03:35

Disc 3

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   Aurelian - Four Years Of Memorable Achievement 00:11:45
2.   Zenobia Fights Back - The Fate Of The East Is Decided 00:10:50
3.   The Death Of Aurelian And The Accession Of Tacitus 00:06:01
4.   Probus And The Deliverance Of Gaul And 70 German Cities 00:07:47
5.   Carus, Numerian And Carinus - Soft, Cruel, Devoted To Pleasure Yet Destitute Of Taste 00:03:31
6.   The Illustrious Reign Of Diocletian And Maximian 00:07:46
7.   The End Of Rome As The Capital Of The Empire 00:08:35
8.   The Abdication Of Diocletian 00:03:12
9.   Two New Augusti - Constantius And Galerius 00:05:29
10.   The Elevation Of Constantine And A Time Of Confusion 00:07:58
11.   The Final Battle Between Constantine And Maxentius 00:06:22

Disc 4

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   Constantine Overwhelms Licinius, A Victory Which Leads To The Foundation Of Constantinople 00:05:13
2.   A Candid But Rational Inquiry Into The Progress And Establishment Of Christianity Under The Roman Em 00:19:36
3.   A Dark And Unjust Record Righted 00:02:59
4.   Nero - Mistakenly Judged One Of History's Most Vilified Figures 00:11:07
5.   Protection For The Christians 00:13:00
6.   Diocletian Introduces Systematic Repression 00:04:22
7.   Gibbon's Conclusions On The Roman Persecution Of The Christians 00:10:23
8.   Constantine - A New Capital But A Fatal Flaw In Defence 00:11:41

Disc 5

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   The Petty Abuse Of Power And Local Tyrannies 00:06:21
2.   Asiatic Pomp And A Gradual Decline 00:03:55
3.   Constantius, Gallus And The Eunuchs 00:08:20
4.   Julian, A Caesar Of Very Different Ilk 00:09:12
5.   The Establishment Of Christianity 00:09:37
6.   The Rise In Popularity Of Julian 00:12:36
7.   The Road To Civil War 00:05:25
8.   Julian Assumes Supreme Power 00:13:35
9.   The Apostasy Of Julian 00:04:32
10.   The Death Of Julian 00:05:17

Disc 6

  The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part I
1.   Jovian - A Brief Reign 00:04:50
2.   Valentinian, Emperor Of The West And Valens, Emperor Of The East 00:07:10
3.   Gratian, Emperor Of The West 00:01:36
4.   The Humbling Of The Empire 00:01:48
5.   The Incursion Of The Visigoth Fritigern And The Death Of Valens At Hadrianople 00:09:40
6.   Theodosius, Emperor Of The East, Aims For A Modus Vivendi With The Visigoths 00:02:07
7.   Maximus Takes Rule Of The Western Empire But Unadvisedly Marches Against Theodosius 00:01:35
8.   Arcadius And Honorius And Their Commander Stilicho 00:02:47
9.   The Power Of The Visigoths Under Alaric 00:10:09
10.   The Execution Of Stilicho Opens The Goths' Road To Rome 00:05:04
11.   The Decadence Of The Empire In The Reign Of Honorius And The Siege Of Rome 00:11:20
12.   The Sound Of The Gothic Trumpet 00:05:05
13.   The End Of The Roman Empire In The West 00:01:18
14.   The Reign Of Odoacer, The First Barbarian King Of Italy 00:07:02
15.   General Observations On The Fall Of The Roman Empire In The West 00:07:57

Total Playing Time: 07:54:12

Gibbon, Edward

Jason, Neville; Madoc, Philip

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: History

Catalogue No: NA607112

Barcode: 0730099007122

Physical Release: 10/1995

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