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The Story of Philosophy Will Durant. Denisovan Origins Andrew Collins. Gibbon does provide a mellifluous and engaging narrative, albeit an astonishingly long one. It's a masterpiece, and if one has the time a worthwhile read. For anyone interested in studies of world civilization, this is an essential text.
Just writing this review makes me want to read Arnold Toynbee, and intensifies my admiration for the high standard of British historical studies that we have seen over the past few centuries. Shelves: history. Decline and Fall , Chapters of which were first published in contemporaneous to Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations , but far less rambling and no less comprehensive is a wonderful, and wonderfully accessible history of the Roman Empire, ca. In fact, the book is Decline and Fall , Chapters of which were first published in contemporaneous to Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations , but far less rambling and no less comprehensive is a wonderful, and wonderfully accessible history of the Roman Empire, ca.
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1
In fact, the book is so accessible you can find it here I would offer the Project Gutenberg citation, but it's not nearly as browsable. Please ignore CCEL's politics in deference to their superior editorial competence. Gibbon's definitive. He even has the ultimate comment on Roman history which I will offer verbatim rather than paraphrase to give Goodreaders the flavor of his prose: "The story of its ruin is simple and obvious; and instead of inquiring why the Roman empire was destroyed, we should rather be surprised that it had subsisted so long.
The victorious legions, who, in distant wars, acquired the vices of strangers and mercenaries, first oppressed the freedom of the republic, and afterwards violated the majesty of the purple. The emperors, anxious for their personal safety and the public peace, were reduced to the base expedient of corrupting the discipline which rendered them alike formidable to their sovereign and to the enemy; the vigour of the military government was relaxed and finally dissolved by the partial institutions of Constantine; and the Roman world was overwhelmed by a deluge of barbarians.
There it is. If Decline and Fall has any faults, they lie in Gibbon's devotion to painstaking historical retelling at the expense of a single narrative arc. This is completely excusable inasmuch as Gibbon was the first to synthesize a definitive Empirical history in the English language and from rigorously documented classical sources, no less! To a lay reader, though, things get repetitive as hell once the cycle of depravity through military despotism becomes clearly entrenched. This book therefore makes a far more rewarding browse than read.