The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 4 (Google eBook)

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Cosimo, Inc., Jan 1, 2008 - History - 564 pages
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is Edward Gibbon's magnum opus, written and published over a 13-year period beginning in 1776. It not only chronicles the events of the downfall starting with the end of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, but proposes a theory as to why Rome collapsed: the populace, Gibbon theorizes, lost its moral fortitude, its militaristic will, and its sense of civic duty. History is considered a classic in world literature, and Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian" for his insistence upon using primary sources for his research. Many scholars today still use his highly regarded work as reference. In this fourth of seven volumes, readers will find Chapter 36 ("Total Extinction of the Western Empire") through Chapter 44 ("Idea of the Roman Jurisprudence"), which cover the rule and death of Emperor Maximus; the invasion of the Vandals; the reigns of Majorian, Ricimer, Leo, Anthemius, Olybrius, Julius Nepos, Glycerius, Flavius Orestes, and Augustulus; the extinction of the Western Roman Empire; the decay of the Roman Spirit; the rule of Odoacer over Italy; the origin and development of monastic life; the conversion of the Goths, Vandals, Burgundians, and Lombards; the persecution of the Jews in Spain; and the rule of barbarian kings over the lands formerly under Roman control. Chapter 39 begins a concentration on the Eastern Roman Empire, starting with Theodoric of the Osthrogoths, and the volume continues with Justinian I; Belisarius's invasion of Africa; histories of the Gepidae, the Lombards, and the Sclavonians; the deaths of both Belisarius and Justinian; and an overview of Roman law. English parliamentarian and historian EDWARDGIBBON (1737-1794) attended Magdelan College, Oxford for 14 months before his father sent him to Lausanne, Switzerland, where he continued his education. He published Essai sur l'tude de la Littrature (1761) and other autobiographical works, including Mmoire Justificatif pour servir de Rponse l'Expos, etc. de la Cour de France (1779).
  

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Contents

Her Virtues
217
Frontier
255
The last of the Philosophers
267
Conquests of Justinian ill the WestCharacter and first Campaigns
270
Conquest of Africa by Belisarius
289
Her Exile and Death
303
Belisarius enters Rome
311
i
322

The Patrician Orestes
47
Decay of the Roman spirit
53
Antony and the Monks of Egypt
59
anity
77
Hunneric
83
Conclusion
92
CHAPTER XXXVIII
98
Defeat and Submission of the Alemanni
104
The Burgundian War
112
Consulship of Clovis
118
Descent of the Saxons
145
CHAPTER XXXIX
170
His Capitulation and Death
179
Visit of Theodoric
192
His Imprisonment and Death
201
Character and Histories of Procopius
210
Subdues the Gothic Kingdom of Italy
332
State of the Barbaric World Establishment of the Lombards on the Danube
340
Origin and Monarchy of the Turks in Asia
349
His Love of Learning
361
And ruins Antioch
367
Visit of Arrian
376
Conquests of the Abyssinians
384
Defeat and Death of Teias the last King of the Goths
418
His Disgrace and Death
428
Earthquakes
434
CHAPTER XLIV
441
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456
Reformation of the Roman Law by Justinian
466
Their Alliance with Justinian
533
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