اضمحلال الإمبراطورية الرومانية وسقوطها (الجزء الثالث، #3)

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  • Title: اضمحلال الإمبراطورية الرومانية وسقوطها (الجزء الثالث، #3)
  • Author: Edward Gibbon
  • ISBN: 9770150681
  • Page: 429
  • Format: None
  • Book Jacket Status Jacketed Volumes 4, 5, and 6 of the Bury Text, in a boxed set Introduction by Hugh Trevor Roper

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    1. Volumes V and VI include probably the most interesting period for my taste, while also including the worst individual chapter and even more unnecessary Byzantine-bashing (Constantinople's "decline is almost coeval with her foundation") and even clearer bias on Gibbon's side. It's fascinating to read someone so blithely unaware of the inconsistencies in his own beliefs, and so happily accepting of the superiority of his own class. You know who should control everything, Gibbon asks? The most weal [...]

    2. As this is my fourth review of Gibbon, and as I am not as inexhaustible as that great man, this review will be somewhat scatterbrained—just a few casual observations and some final reflections.First, it occurred to me, after reading Gibbon’s memoirs, that one of the largest influences on his writing must have been Homer. Notice that Gibbon systematically reuses and repeats certain key phrases and words in the same situations, just as Homer reused the same formulas through his poems. For exam [...]

    3. Ok I'm onto volume III and starting to shake because it's coming to the end. By now I am a complete addict, just a few thousand pages in. What can I do when I get to the last page? Is there a centre that treats people for Edward Gibbon withdrawal? It is a great shame that the Roman empire collapsed so quickly after a mere 1500 years of analysis because Gibbon could have just kept going.If you find yourself in prison, on a slow train or on a desert island take all three with you. The only downsid [...]

    4. The finale volume of Modern Library’s three-volume reprint of Edward Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire covers chapters 49 through 71 of the author’s vast magnum opus. Beginning with the Iconoclast controversy in correlation with rise of the Vatican and Holy Roman Empire in the 8th century and ending with a description of the causes and progression of the decay of the city of Roman in the 15th century, Gibbon relates in detail the political, martial, social, and theological [...]

    5. Upon completing this 3rd Volume, I now stand at the halfway point of Gibbon’s 6 Volume masterpiece. From this vantage point, it’s the late 5th Century, Attila the Hun has invaded, pillaged and conquered the Eastern Empire, and the last Emperor of the crumbling Western Empire, Romulus Augustulus, has made way for Odoacer, the first Barbarian King of Italy.I grow more fascinated, as I continue this long and detailed history, with just how much material Gibbon imbibed in order to organize and w [...]

    6. In my Victorian edition, this third volume stretches from the fall of Rome itself to the conquests of the Islamic empire under the first caliphs and the early Umayyads. In other words, the original Book IV and first few chapters of Book V. I don't know if it's just me getting used to his style, or maybe reflects a difference in his sources, but it seems to me that in this volume Gibbon is looser, more vivid, more willing to tell stories; there is plenty of excitement and fun here.The first 2/3rd [...]

    7. Quite the masterpiece but very, very long and the language is both archaic and complicated, so a fair effort is required. This is, however, repaid as this complete Historian covers all the angles. So, his account of the end of the Roman Empire includes the fate of the Eastern Empire based at Constantinople and this, in turn, includes the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the Mongols and the viccissitudes within the Islamic states. A pleasant surprise is his modern mind. Gibbon's critiques of religion [...]

    8. Chapter XLVIII: Plan of last two volumes, and later Byzantine emperorsChapter XLIX: Iconoclasm, Charlemagne and the Holy Roman EmpireChapter L: MahometChapter LI: the successors of Mahomet Chapter LII: The limits of the early caliphateChapter LIII: The Byzantine Empire in the Tenth CenturyChapter LIV: The Paulicians and the ReformationChapter LV: The Bulgarians, the Hungarians and the RussiansChapter LVI: Italy and the NormansChapter LVII: The TurksChapter LVIII: The First CrusadeChapter LIX: Th [...]

    9. The so-called “Age of Reason,” is long over, but the ruling class never fully lost the mindset of this time. Then again, the Age of Reason ushered in the philosophy of the ruling class. Christianity had already destroyed the notion that strength alone should determine who should rule. But the “Enlightenment” idea that man was the maker and organizer of society rather than God created the intellectual justification for meritocracy, and basis for every bourgeois state, from liberal democra [...]

    10. Magnificent, majestic, and monumental. I’m actually pretty sad that I’m now done with the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire because I’m certain that few books will remotely compare. Seriously, don’t go through life without reading these books, there’s so many salient lessons to be learned and applied to our day and age. I think my favorite parts in Volumes Five and Six were the sections covering Genghis Khan; the Golden Horde; the Muslim conquests of North Africa and [...]

    11. If you were taught by your school histories that Rome fell, a dark age descended on Europe, and then the Renaissance happened, you may appreciate this book. It's an awesome tour of an era full of drama, and populated by some of history's greatest figures. A lot of life happened in those "dark ages".Despite its title, this book contains the concluding two volumes of Gibbon's six-volume work, and has some of the historian's best chapters. Volume 5 starts with the rise of Islam, the conquests of th [...]

    12. Gibbon Roma İmparatorluğu'nun çöküş tarihini bir roman tadında okuyucuya sunuyor. Bunu yaparken de gözünü budaktan sakınmıyor: Hıristiyanlığın toplum üzerindeki kötü etkilerini, mezhep çatışmalarının vahşiliğini sansürlemeden tasvir ediyor. 3. cilt Batı Roma'nın yıkılmasıyla bitiyor fakat bu seri Doğu Roma/Bizans'ı da kapsayacak şekilde 6 cilt olarak hazırlanmış. Sadece ilk 4 cildinin Türkçe çevirisi var. Bu da büyük bir eksiklik.

    13. Reading this baby, even if you just go to what you are interested using the index, it is a real challenge. Or maybe XVIII century writers are not my thing.Anyway the chapter on Christian mythology is still interesting.

    14. Still enjoying the prose and the odd relevance to current events. Gibbon is enlightened, even, and optimistic and it makes for wonderful narration. “A long period of calamity or decay must have checked the industry, and diminished the wealth, of the people; and their profuse luxury must have been the result of that indolent despair, which enjoys the present hour, and declines the thoughts of futurity. The uncertain condition of their property discouraged the subjects of Theodosius from engagin [...]

    15. 1776年的英国出版了两本历史上举足轻重的著作:亚当史密斯的《国富论》和 爱德华吉本 的《罗马帝国衰亡史》。      早年简单看过后者这本大作,认为吉本对罗马帝国衰亡的解读主要集中在皇帝个人执政行为和宗教这两方面,尽管分析详细,但对衰亡原因的理解过于狭隘。而随着近现代考古发现的不断增加,罗马帝国的研究更加集中在社会、经济和军事领域,其中,对 [...]

    16. Gibbon summarizes briefly near the end of Volume III the period covered in the first three volumes of his history the five centuries from the “fortunate age of Trajan” to the total extinction of the Roman Empire in the West. We are left with Vandals and Moors in North Africa, Saxons struggling with natives in Britain, mercenaries in Italy as far as the Danube. The German nations replaced the Roman government while the Eastern Constantinople’s feeble princes continued to reign in the East f [...]

    17. Despite being the third volume in Gibbon’s epic history of the Roman Empire, he is still able to bring the same freshness and engagement from his first two volumes. Keeping his honest analysis of the impact of each emperor in the overall health of the empire, he is able to convey the impacts of the division of the Empire into its western and eastern branch. By focusing on the increasingly important role of the Gothic, Vandal and Gallic tribes in the last decades of the Empire, he is able to gi [...]

    18. While I was reading the book, my main interest was the fall of the western half of the roman empire, which declined around the 5th and 6th centuries, which ended about half way through the second volume. The last half of the second volume and third volume was concerned with the Eastern "roman" empire until the fall of the Constantinople to Mohammed the Second. After the Western Roman Empire fell the first time, there was no true roman empire, although you can say that Charlemagne reincarnated th [...]

    19. Gibbon continues to impress me with his very manifest use and criticism of his sources. The writing is relatively easy, though at times discursive and, in keeping with the time in which it was written, assumes in the reader a certain immersion in neo-classical knowledge and thought. His history contains a degree of drama, but one must be patient enough to wait for it. On a technical note, the maps in all these books are almost useless. I'm not sure if they are the ones from the original run of t [...]

    20. I read the abridged Vols. 1 and 2 but decided to switch over to the unabridged for Vol. 3. Not having read 4-6 yet, I would suppose that this volume is the most important as a stand alone book, in that it addresses arguably the most crucial aspects of the Decline and Fall: the final triumph of Christianity; the conflict with the Arians; the loss of Africa; both sacks of Rome, and finally the loss of the Rome and the Western Roman Empire entirely. Gibbon's language is elqouent, imaginative and at [...]

    21. Oh yes, the first half is done and the sun has set on the Western Roman Empire. It became a bit tiresome with bucket loads of minor emperors in quick succession, the usual way in which most empires end: general disorganisation and uncertainty and, of course, the barbarians doing what barbarians do best, chipping at the foundations. Senators and the elite busy sorting their own problems out instead doing their duties, personal vendettas, dishonored wives etc. At the end you just feel relieved tha [...]

    22. 2016 Book # 26/35. Continuing with the fascinating information, this book, because of the time period covered, brought in lots of interesting stuff on the world outside of the empire. I'm more interested in this stuff because it's about the fall. I continue to see many parallels to the world today. Kind of scary.

    23. Christians, mostly persecution of them by pagans and of each other. A bit of a slog at times, I guess I'm not that interested in the details of the Nicene creed c.f. Arianism. But some good turns of phrase.

    24. Volume 3 of Gibbon's series is jam packed. At times, the flow of characters and timeframes becomes somewhat disorienting. It is however a comprehensive, although historically slanted, account of this period. Somewhat challenging as a sustained read.

    25. سأحاول كتابة انطباع مطول عن الكتاب بأجزائه الثلاثة، فأستعين باللهثم سأضعه هنا .

    26. Good, though dated, analysis of the Roman Empire that addresses all aspects over the centuries. A somewhat dry read.

    27. It's Gibbon and I finished it. I am too humble to attempt a review. Go ahead and read it, you'll be glad you did.

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