The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Band 4

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Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1871

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Volume I It is a testament to the breadth of Gibbon's passion that his Decline and Fall, widely regarded as a literary monument, on reading appears merely to expatiate on some salient thoughts. The ... Vollständige Rezension lesen

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Seite 625 - Paul; and, in every deed of mischief, he had a heart to resolve, a head to contrive, and a hand to execute.
Seite 569 - I not reflected that the fate of the Byzantine monarchy is passively connected with the most splendid and important revolutions which have changed the state of the world. The space of the lost provinces was immediately replenished with new colonies and rising kingdoms : the active virtues of peace and war deserted from the vanquished to the victorious nations ; and it is in their origin and conquests, in their religion and government, that we must explore the causes and effects of the decline and...
Seite 298 - The vain titles of the victories of, Justinian are crumbled into dust; but the name of the legislator is inscribed on a fair and everlasting monument.
Seite 463 - Six thousand guards successively mounted before the palace gate; the service of the interior apartments was performed by twelve thousand slaves; and in the number of three thousand virgins, the fairest of Asia, some happy concubine might console her master for the age or the indifference of Sira.
Seite 636 - ... enjoyment. It is thus that the experience of history exalts and enlarges the horizon of our intellectual view. In a composition of some days, in a perusal of some hours, six hundred years have rolled away, and the duration of a life or reign is contracted to a fleeting moment : the grave is ever beside the throne ; the success of a criminal is almost instantly followed by the loss of his prize ; and our immortal reason survives and disdains the sixty phantoms of kings who have passed before our...
Seite 342 - According to his discretion, a father might chastise the real or imaginary faults of his children, by stripes, by imprisonment, by exile, by sending them to the country to work in chains among the meanest of his servants. The majesty of a parent was armed with the power of life and death; and the example of such bloody executions, which were sometimes praised and never punished, may be traced in the annals of Rome beyond the times of Pompey and Augustus. Neither age, nor rank...
Seite 279 - After the battle of Casilinum Narses entered the capital; the arms and treasures of the Goths, the Franks, and the Alamanni were displayed ; his soldiers, with garlands in their hands, chanted the praises of the conqueror; and Rome for the last time beheld the semblance of a triumph. After a reign of sixty years the throne of the Gothic kings was filled by the exarchs of Ravenna, the representatives in peace and war of the emperor of the Romans.
Seite 89 - A magnificent temple is a laudable monument of national taste and religion; and the enthusiast who entered the dome of St. Sophia might be tempted to suppose that it was the residence, or even the workmanship, of the Deity. Yet how dull is the artifice, how insignificant is the labor, if it be compared with the formation of the vilest insect that crawls upon the surface of the temple!
Seite 348 - Passion, interest, or caprice suggested daily motives for the dissolution of marriage; a word, a sign, a message, a letter, the mandate of a freedman declared the separation; the most tender of human connections was degraded to a transient society of profit or pleasure.
Seite 292 - Each year is marked by the repetition of earthquakes, of such duration that Constantinople has been shaken above forty days : of such extent that the shock has been communicated to the whole surface of the globe, or at least of the Roman Empire.

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