The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edited and Abridged) (Google eBook)

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 14, 2009 - History - 1307 pages
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Edited, abridged, and with a critical Foreword by Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin
Illustrations by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a breadth comparable to a novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments—in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.


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Contents

CHAPTER XXXVIICONVERSION OF THE BARBARIANSTO CHRISTIANITY
CHAPTER XXXVIIIREIGN OF CLOVIS
VOLUME THE FOURTH
PREFACE TO THE FOURTH VOLUME OF THE ORIGINAL QUARTO EDITION
CHAPTER XXXIXGOTHIC KINGDOM OF ITALY
CHAPTER XLREIGN OF JUSTINIAN
CHAPTER XLICONQUESTS OF JUSTINIANCHARACTER OF BEUSARRUS
CHAPTER XLIISTATE OF THE BARBARIC WORLD

CHAPTER IVTHE CRUELTY FOLLIES AND MURDER OF COMMODUS
CHAPTER VSALE OF THE EMPIRE TO DIDIUS JULIANUS
CHAPTER VIDEATH OF SEVERUS TYRANNY OF CARACALLA USURPATION OF MACRINUS
CHAPTER VIITYRANNY OF MAXIMIN REBELLION CIVIL WARS DEATH OF MAXIMIN
CHAPTER VIIISTATE OF PERSIA AND RESTORATION OF THE MONARCHY
CHAPTER IXSTATE OF GERMANY UNTIL THE BARBARIANS
CHAPTER XEMPERORS DECRUS GALLUS AEMILRANUS VALERRAN AND GALLIENUS
CHAPTER XIREIGN OF CLAUDIUS DEFEAT OF THE GOTHS
CHAPTER XIIREIGNS OF TACITUS PROBUS CARUS AND HIS SONS
CHAPTER XIIIREIGN OF DIOCLETIAN AND HIS THREE ASSOCIATES
CHAPTER XIVSIX EMPERORS AT THE SAME TIME REUNION OF THE EMPIRE
CHAPTER XVPROGRESS OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION
CHAPTER XVICONDUCT TOWARDS THE CHRISTIANS FROM NERO TO CONSTANTINE
VOLUMETHE SECOND
CHAPTER XVIIFOUNDATION OF CONSTANTINOPLE
CHAPTER XVIIICHARACTER OF CONSTANTINE AND HIS SONS
CHAPTER XIXCONSTANTIUS SOLE EMPEROR
CHAPTER XXCONVERSION OF CONSTANTINE
CHAPTER XXIPERSECUTION OF HERESYSTATE OF THE CHURCH
CHAPTER XXIIJULIAN DECLARED EMPEROR
CHAPTER XXIIIREIGN OF JULIAN
CHAPTER XXIVTHE RETREAT AND DEATH OF JULIAN
CHAPTER XXVREIGNS OF JOVIAN ANDVALENTINIANDIVISION OF THE EMPIRE
CHAPTER XXVIPROGRESS OF THE HUNS
VOLUME THE THIRD
CHAPTER XXVIICIVIL WARS REIGN OF THEODOSIUS
CHAPTER XXVIIIDESTRUCTION OF PAGANISM
CHAPTER XXIXDIVISION OF ROMAN EMPIREBETWEEN SONS OF THEODOSIUS
CHAPTER XXXREVOLT OF THE GOTHS
CHAPTER XXXIINVASION OF ITALY OCCUPATION OFTERRITORIES BY BARBARIANS
CHAPTER XXXIIEMPERORS ARCADIUS EUTROPIUSTHEODOSIUS II
CHAPTER XXXIIICONQUEST OF AFRICABY THE VANDALS
CHAPTER XXXIVATTILA
CHAPTER XXXVINVASION BY ATTILA
CHAPTER XXXVITOTAL EXTINCTION OF THEWESTERN EMPIRE
CHAPTER XLIIILAST VICTORY AND DEATH OFBELISARIUS DEATH OF JUSTINIAN
CHAPTER XLIVIDEA OF THE ROMAN JURISPRUDENCE
CHAPTER XLVSTATE OF ITALYUNDER THE LOMBARDS
CHAPTER XLVITROUBLES IN PERSIA
CHAPTER XLVIIECCLESIASTICAL DISCORD
VOLUME THE FIFTH
CHAPTER XLVIIISUCCESSION AND CHARACTERS OFTHE GREEK EMPERORS
CHAPTER XLIXCONQUEST OF ITALY BY THE FRANKS
CHAPTER LDESCRIPTION OF ARABIA ANDITS INHABITANTS
CHAPTER LICONQUESTS BY THE ARABS
CHAPTER LIIMORE CONQUESTS BY THE ARABS
CHAPTER LIIIFATE OF THE EASTERN EMPIRE
CHAPTER LIVORIGIN AND DOCTRINE OF THE PAULICIANS
CHAPTER LVTHE BULGARIANS THE HUNGARIANS AND THE RUSSIANS
CHAPTER LVITHE SARACENS THE FRANKS AND THE NORMANS
CHAPTER LVIITHE TURKS
VOLUME THE SIXTH
CHAPTER LVIIITHE FIRST CRUSADE
CHAPTER LIXTHE CRUSADES
CHAPTER LXTHE FOURTH CRUSADE
CHAPTER LXIPARTITION OF THE EMPIRE BY THE FRENCH AND VENETIANS
CHAPTER LXIIGREEK EMPERORS OF NICE AND CONSTANTINOPLE
CHAPTER LXIIICIVIL WARS AND THE RUIN OF THE GREEK EMPIRE
CHAPTER LXIVMOGULS OTTOMAN TURKS
CHAPTER LXVTIMOUR OR TAMERLANE
CHAPTER LXVIUNION OF THE GREEK AND LATIN CHURCHES
CHAPTER LXVIISCHISM OF THE GREEKS AND LATINS
CHAPTER LXVIIIREIGN OF MOHAMMED THE SECOND EXTINCTION OF EASTERN EMPIRE
CHAPTER LXIXSTATE OF ROME FROM THE TWELFTH CENTURY
CHAPTER LXXFINAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL STATE
CHAPTER LXXIPROSPECT OF THE RUINS OF ROME IN THE FIFTEENTH CENTURY
TABLE OF ROMAN EMPERORS
A NOTE ON THE ILLUSTRATIONS
ABOUT THE EDITOR
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About the author (2009)

Hans-Friedrich Mueller is the William D. Williams Professor of Classics at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and the author of Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus.
 
Daniel J. Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Librarian of Congress emeritus, is the author of many books, including The Creators and The Discoverers.


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