Edward Gibbon: The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire – Part 2 (abridged)

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Edward Gibbon: The Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire – Part 2 (abridged)

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Edward Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire occupies an immortal place in the pantheon of historical masterpieces. This six-disc recording covers the final three volumes of Gibbon’s work, tracing ten centuries in the life of the eastern half of the empire, whose capital city was Constantinople. Among the many figures who stride across Gibbon’s stage here are the emperor Justinian I, a noble statesman and successful warrior, brought low by his lascivious wife, the former prostitute Theodora; the murdering Basil I, a peasant who nonetheless proved himself a worthy figure upon which to drape the purple; and the final emperor of all, Constantine XI, who died on the battlements of Constantinople in 1453, valiantly fighting a losing battle to prevent the Turks from gaining a city they had craved for centuries. It is still the work that sets the standard for all histories of the period.

Edward Gibbon: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Part II

Odacer, The First Barbarian King Of Rome-AD 476

The Visigoths Rule All The Roman Conquests West Of The Alps

Clovis Establishes The French Monarchy In Gaul

The Struggle Of Britain

'The Decline Of Rome Was The Natural And Inevitable Effect Of Immoderate Greatness'

Theodoric The Ostrogoth

Theodoric...'Sheathed His Sword InThe Pride And Vigour Of His Age'

Justinian Ascends The Byzantine Throne, AD 527, And Shares Supreme Power With Theodora

Belisarius, A Loyal Proved Commander

Belisarius, Cursed In Love In His Marriage to Antonina

The Gothic Courage Revives

The Games Of Antiquity - The Struggle Of The Green And The Blue Factions

The Festival Of The Ides Of January In The Fifth Year Of Justinian's Reign

The End Of Belisarius

The New Emperor - Justin, Nephew Of Justinian

The Virtues And Merits Of Tiberius

The Emperor Maurice

The Fate Of Rome At The Close Of The Sixth Century And The Rise Of Pope Gregory The First

Maurice Abdicates And Is Succeeded By Phocas

The Victory Of Heraclius Against The Persians

A Melancholy Task

Martina, Constantine III, Constans II, Justinian II - In Quick Succession

Justinian Returns With Vengance

Leo IV, The Son Of The Fifth Constantine, And Father Of The Sixth

Leo V And Michael II, Michael III

Basil The Macedonian, Leo VI, Constantine, John Zimisces

The Rise Of The Comnenian Dynasty

Manuel I Reigns For 37 Years

Andronicus Rules, Firstly From Behind The Emperor, And Then With The Sceptre

Six Hundred Years Filled With Sixty Emperors

The Rise Of Islam

The Concept Of The Holy War

A Sinful And A Fanatic World

The Departure Of The Pilgrims

The Effect Of The Crusades

The Palaelogi Dynasty Of The Early 14th Century

The Rise Of Genghis Khan And The Mongol Empire In The East

The Mongol Invasion Of The West

The Rise Of Timour - Tamerline

Timour Turns His Eyes Towards The Ottomans

1422 - Constantinpole Once More Under Siege By Turkish Armies

Mohammed II, 'The Great Destroyer' And The Final Act Of The Byzantine Empire

The Response Of Christendom

A City Of 13 Miles Defended By 8,000 Soldiers

The Great Cannon Of Mohammed

A Siege Of 40 Days, Breaches On All Sides

29th May 1453

Fleeing To The Church Of St Sophia

The Legitimate Reward Of The Conqueror

The Fate Of Constantine

The Incomparable Position, A New Future

The Effect Of Christendom

The Religious Schism In The Christian Church

Reflections Of Pope Eugenius IV And The Learned Poggius On The Top Of The Capitaline Hill In 1430

The Four Principal Causes Of The Ruin Of The Roman Empire - 1) The Injuries Of Time And Nature

The Four Principal Causes Of The Ruin Of The Roman Empire - 2) The Hostile Attacks Of The Barbarians

The Four Principal Causes Of The Ruin Of The Roman Empire - 3) The Use And Abuse Of Materials

The Four Principal Causes Of The Ruin Of The Roman Empire - 4) The Domestic Quarrels Of The Romans

Rome In The Days Of Gibbon

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