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... in obedience to the commands of God, he laid the everlasting foundations of
Constantinople”: and though he has not condescended to relate in what manner
the coelestial inspiration was communicated to his mind, the defečt of his modest
But it is not in the city of Constantine, nor in the declining period of an empire,
when the human mind was depressed by civil and religious slavery, that we
should seek for the souls of Homer and of Demosthenes. - - During the fiege of ...
But as these hardy veterans, who had been educated in the ignorance or
contempt of the laws, were incapable of exercising any civil offices, the powers of
the human mind were contračted by the irreconcileable separation of talents as
well as ...
... was an useful and humble domestic; but an artful domestic, who improves
every occasion of unguarded confidence, will insensibly acquire over a feeble
mind that ascendant which harsh wisdom and uncomplying virtue can seldom
His mind was more seriously engaged by the general dire&ion of the posts and
arsenals of the empire. There were thirty-four cities, fifteen in the east, and
nineteen in the west in which regular companies of workmen were perpetually ...
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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
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - Benedict8 - LibraryThing
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