The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Band 2
Penguin, 1995 - 1024 Seiten
Although it covers no less than thirteen centuries of history, writes David Womersley, Gibbon's Decline and Fall 'is never routine, always alert with humanity and intelligence, often surprising in its sympathies'. It counts, quite simply, as 'one of the greatest narratives in European literature'. This definitive three-volume edition presents a complete and unmodernized text, the author's own comments and notes, and his famous Vindication. The second volume reveals how waves of barbarian invaders, under commanders such as Alaric and Attila, overran and eventually destroyed the west. Later sections look further east, where even the legislative and administrative achievements of Justinian and the campaigns of Belisarius could not conceal the fundamental weaknesses of the Byzantine state.
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - LisaMaria_C - LibraryThing
I feel decidedly ambivalent about this book. My rating reflects that ultimately I didn't want to stick with it; I didn't find its pleasures and degree of informativeness worth the slogging through ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - quantum_flapdoodle - LibraryThing
A classic of historical literature, in two volumes. The author details the history to the fall in the first volume, and the byzantine period in the second volume. Vollständige Rezension lesen