The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Part II

Downloadable Audiobook - 1997
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Edward Gibbon's Decline and fall of the Roman Empire occupies an immortal place in the pantheon of historical masterpieces. This six-disc recording covers the final three volumes of Gibbon's work, tracing ten centuries in the life of the eastern half of the empire, whose capital city was Constantinople. Among the many figures who stride across Gibbon's stage here are the emperor Justinian I, a noble statesman and successful warrior, brought low by his lascivious wife, the former prostitute Theodora; the murdering Basil I, a peasant who nonetheless proved himself a worthy figure upon which to drape the purple; and the final emperor of all, Constantine XI, who died on the battlements of Constantinople in 1453, valiantly fighting a losing battle to prevent the Turks from gaining a city they had craved for centuries. It is still the work that sets the standard for all histories of the period.
Publisher: [Franklin, Tenn.] : Naxos AudioBooks, 1997.
Additional Contributors: Jason, Neville 1934-
Madoc, Philip
Summary: Edward Gibbon's Decline and fall of the Roman Empire occupies an immortal place in the pantheon of historical masterpieces. This six-disc recording covers the final three volumes of Gibbon's work, tracing ten centuries in the life of the eastern half of the empire, whose capital city was Constantinople. Among the many figures who stride across Gibbon's stage here are the emperor Justinian I, a noble statesman and successful warrior, brought low by his lascivious wife, the former prostitute Theodora; the murdering Basil I, a peasant who nonetheless proved himself a worthy figure upon which to drape the purple; and the final emperor of all, Constantine XI, who died on the battlements of Constantinople in 1453, valiantly fighting a losing battle to prevent the Turks from gaining a city they had craved for centuries. It is still the work that sets the standard for all histories of the period.

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Jan 23, 2014

V.2 of this two volume audio CD set covers Gibbon's presentation of the period starting from the final demise of the Western empire through the flourish, then the demise of the Eastern empire in 1453 AD. 6 audio CDs. Highly abridged. It would take 50 audio CD's otherwise. The abridgement is well selected. A subset of mostly-complete stories. Gibbons seems to want to evade the issue of why the Empire failed. Most modern day scholars say it was the politicians allowing the wealthy business to purchase too much influence on public policy, alienating the average work-a-day citizens. Mostly swept under the rug by Gibbons. Still, on the whole, entertaining and informative. Recommended.

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