History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire Volume 1

Paperback | October 12, 2012

byEdward Gibbon

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...was afflicted, by barbarous invaders and military tyrants, and the ruined empire seemed to approach the last and fatal moment of its dissolution. The confusion of the times, and the scarcity of authentic memorials, oppose equal difficulties to the historian, who attempts to preserve a clear and unbroken thread of narration. Surrounded with imperfect fragments, always concise, often obscure, and sometimes contradictory, he is reduced to collect, to compare, and to conjecture: and though he ought never to place his conjectures in the rank of facts, yet the knowledge of human nature, and of the sure operation of its fierce and unrestrained passions, might, on some occasions, supply the want of his tor ical materials. There is not, for instance, any difficulty in conceiving, that the successive murders of so many emperors had loosened all the ties of allegiance between the prince and people; that all the generals of Philip were disposed to imitate the example of their master; and that the caprice of armies, long since haoituated to frequent and violent revolutions, might every da_ raise to the throne the most obscure of their fellow-soldiers. History can only add, that the rebellion against the emperor Philip broke out in the summer of the year two hundred and forty-nine, among the legions of Mcesia; and that a subaltern officer,1 named Marin us, was the object of their seditious choice. Philip was alarmed. He dreaded lest the treason of Jie Maesian army should prove the first spark of a general 1 The expression used by Zosimus and Zonaras may signify that Uarinns commanded a century, a cohort, or a legion. conflagration. Distracted with the consciousness of his guil and of his danger, he communicated the intelligence to the senate. A...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...was afflicted, by barbarous invaders and military tyrants, and the ruined empire seemed to approach the last an...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:262 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.55 inPublished:October 12, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217800416

ISBN - 13:9780217800419

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