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To revive the genius of Phidias and Lysippus, surpassed indeed the power of a
Roman emperor ; but the immoral produćtions which they had bequeathed to
posterity were exposed without defence to the rapacious vanity of a despot.
It was of bronze, had been transported either from Athens or from a town of
Phrygia, and was supposed to be the work of Phidias. The artist had represented
the god of day, or, as it was afterwards interpreted, the emperor Constantine
From the throne, whence the emperor viewed the Circenfian games, a winding
staircase * deicended to the palace; a magnificent edifice, which scarcely yielded
to the residence of Rome itself, and which, together with the dependent courts, ...
It was asserted and believed, that all the noble families of Rome, the senate, and
the equestrian order, with their innumerable attendants, had followed their
emperor to the banks of the Propontis; that a spurious race of strangers and
The invitations of a master are scarcely to be distinguished from commands; and
the liberality of the emperor obtained a ready and cheerful obedience. He
bestowed on his favourites the palaces which he had built in the several quarters
of the ...
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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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No I have not read the whole thing. About a quarter of it. It features spectacular English and wonderful irony. It is long, but not boring by any means. I learned more about how religion operates in ... Vollständige Rezension lesen