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NA607112 - GIBBON, E.: Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (The), Part I (Abridged)

Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon



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Philip Madoc with Neville Jason


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 (23BC-AD14) to the first of the Barbarian kings, Odoacer (476-490 AD).  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.


Philip Madoc's extensive theatre work includes the roles of Othello and Iago, Faust and Macbeth and recently, with the RSC, The Duke in Measure for Measure and Professor Raat in The Blue Angel. TV roles include Lloyd George, Magua in The Last of the Mohicans, and the defence lawyer in Brookside. He also stars in his own detective series, A Mind to Kill. He also reads The Death of Arthur, The Canterbury Tales and The Arabian Nights for Naxos AudioBooks.


Neville Jason also reads Proust’s Swann’s Way and Swann in Love, Tolstoy’s War and Peace and Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto for Naxos AudioBooks.



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