The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 (Unabridged)

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"• Some 250 years after its first publication,Gibbon’s The Decline and Fall of the RomanEmpire is still regarded as one of the greatesthistories in Western literature. He reports onmore than 1,000 years of an empire whichextended from the most northern and westernparts of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa andcovers not only events but also the cultural andreligious developments that effected changeduring that time.Volume II (Chapters XVI–XXVI) continues hissurvey of Christianity from Nero to Constantine,and continues with the establishment ofConstantinople, the new principal seat of theEmpire, on the strategically important sitewhere Byzantium stood, by the Bosphorus. Itcloses towards the end of the 4th century withthe settlement of the Goths in Thrace and Asia.This second volume contains, controversially,Gibbon’s sympathetic portrait of Julian, whosereign was short, but whose personality, wisdom,courage and clarity, despite his antipathytowards the growing influence of Christianity bore the hallmarks of a great emperor thatRome needed.
• Throughout 2014 Naxos AudioBooks isreleasing The Decline and Fall of the RomanEmpire in 6 volumes, as originally publishedduring Gibbon’s lifetime. They will bereleased at regular intervals during 2014,concluding in October
• Gibbon’s Decline and Fall will, in total,extend to some 110 CDs, running to some 145hours
• David Timson has undertaken this gargantuantask with meticulous preparation,incorporating many footnotes, making this oneof the most outstanding recordings."
Item number NA0126
Barcode 9781843797166
Release date 3/1/2014
Category Spoken Word
Number of units 18
Non-Classical Artist Timson, David
Disc: 1
1 Chapter 16 00:10:13 Timson, David
2 Since the Jews, who rejected with abhorrence… 00:08:47 Timson, David
3 The personal guilt which every Christian had contr 00:11:21 Timson, David
4 I: By the wise dispensation of Providence… 00:11:24 Timson, David
5 But it would be improper to dismiss this account… 00:08:11 Timson, David
6 It is somewhat remarkable that the flames of war… 00:07:13 Timson, David
7 II: About ten years afterwards, under the reign of 00:08:36 Timson, David
8 III: Punishment was not the inevitable consequence 00:05:52 Timson, David
9 Whenever they were invested with a discretionary p 00:07:23 Timson, David
Disc: 2
1 The propriety of reserving himself for the future… 00:11:29 Timson, David
2 The sober discretion of the present age… 00:09:02 Timson, David
3 IV: Notwithstanding the general rules established… 00:12:12 Timson, David
4 Notwithstanding the cruel disposition of Maximin… 00:08:03 Timson, David
5 Notwithstanding these scandalous vices… 00:10:50 Timson, David
6 Although the policy of Diocletian… 00:09:54 Timson, David
7 This edict was scarcely exhibited to the public vi 00:09:38 Timson, David
8 Some slight disturbances… 00:06:35 Timson, David
Disc: 3
1 The revolt of Maxentius immediately restore peace… 00:09:33 Timson, David
2 But this treacherous calm was of short duration… 00:08:22 Timson, David
3 The vague descriptions of exile and imprisonment… 00:07:09 Timson, David
4 Chapter 17 00:10:34 Timson, David
5 The harbour of Constantinople, which may be consid 00:09:49 Timson, David
6 The prospect of beauty, of safety, and of wealth… 00:09:24 Timson, David
7 During the seige of Byzantium… 00:10:56 Timson, David
8 The frequent and regular distributions of wine and 00:06:02 Timson, David
9 The foundation of a new capital is naturally conne 00:06:52 Timson, David
Disc: 4
1 I: As long as the Roman consuls were the first mag 00:09:49 Timson, David
2 II: The fortunes of the Praetorian praefects… 00:12:02 Timson, David
3 As the spirit of jealousy and ostentation prevaile 00:10:21 Timson, David
4 III: In the system of policy introduced by Augustu 00:08:25 Timson, David
5 The same timid policy, of dividing whatever is uni 00:10:37 Timson, David
6 IV: Besides the magistrates and generals… 00:08:59 Timson, David
7 4. The extraordinary title of count of the sacred 00:08:11 Timson, David
8 The deceitful and dangerous experiment… 00:10:44 Timson, David
Disc: 5
1 The agriculture of the Roman provinces… 00:08:03 Timson, David
2 But this tax or capitation on the proprietors of l 00:07:14 Timson, David
3 Chapter 18 00:09:16 Timson, David
4 The same fortune which so invariably followed the 00:10:42 Timson, David
5 The innocence of Crispus was so universally acknow 00:11:28 Timson, David
6 Among the different branches of the human race… 00:08:20 Timson, David
7 He contributed at least to improve this advantage… 00:08:38 Timson, David
8 But this reign could subsist only in empty pageant 00:07:31 Timson, David
9 While the martial nations of Europe… 00:07:35 Timson, David
Disc: 6
1 During the long period of the reign of Constantius 00:09:52 Timson, David
2 After the partition of the empire… 00:09:23 Timson, David
3 The intelligence of these important events… 00:07:58 Timson, David
4 The behaviour of Constantius on this memorable occ 00:09:01 Timson, David
5 The approach of winter supplied the indolence of C 00:08:19 Timson, David
6 Chapter 19 00:08:20 Timson, David
7 The writers the most indulgent to the memory of Ga 00:07:48 Timson, David
8 After such a deed… 00:08:52 Timson, David
9 By the intercession of his patroness… 00:08:43 Timson, David
Disc: 7
1 The two princes returned to the palace in the same 00:08:13 Timson, David
2 The satisfaction which Constantius had received… 00:10:53 Timson, David
3 While the Roman emperor and the Persian monarch… 00:09:19 Timson, David
4 The ancient city of Amid or Amida… 00:08:19 Timson, David
5 The defence of the East against the arms of Sapor… 00:11:03 Timson, David
6 Immediately after Julian had received the purple… 00:11:56 Timson, David
7 After Julian had repulsed the Alemanni from the pr 00:11:43 Timson, David
8 A tender regard for the peace and happiness… 00:07:54 Timson, David
Disc: 8
1 Chapter 20 00:08:35 Timson, David
2 As long as Constantine exercised a limited soverei 00:10:53 Timson, David
3 In the general order of Providence, princes and ty 00:08:02 Timson, David
4 I: An instrument of the tortures which were inflic 00:05:24 Timson, David
5 II: In all occasions of danger or distress… 00:05:31 Timson, David
6 III: The philosopher, who with calm suspicion… 00:11:19 Timson, David
7 The awful mysteries of the Christian faith and wor 00:08:34 Timson, David
8 The gratitude of the church has exalted the virtue 00:08:34 Timson, David
9 But the distinction of the spiritual and temporal 00:07:02 Timson, David
10 I: The freedom of elections subsisted long after… 00:04:51 Timson, David
Disc: 9
1 II: The bishops alone possessed the faculty… 00:05:24 Timson, David
2 III: The edict of Milan secured the revenue as wel 00:07:03 Timson, David
3 IV: The Latin clergy, who erected their tribunal… 00:09:59 Timson, David
4 VI: Every popular government has experienced the e 00:08:08 Timson, David
5 Chapter 21 00:09:06 Timson, David
6 But this incident, so inconsiderable… 00:10:36 Timson, David
7 The eloquence of Plato, the name of Solomon… 00:07:56 Timson, David
8 I: A chosen society of philosophers… 00:11:02 Timson, David
9 When the mysteries of the Christian faith… 00:10:02 Timson, David
Disc: 10
1 This pure and distinct equality was tempered… 00:11:18 Timson, David
2 The provinces of Egypt and Asia, which cultivated… 00:09:51 Timson, David
3 But, as if the conduct of the emperor had been gui 00:08:34 Timson, David
4 Our more intimate knowledge of the ecclesiastical… 00:10:36 Timson, David
5 In his youth, the primate of Egypt resisted… 00:11:15 Timson, David
6 During his second exile in the West… 00:09:12 Timson, David
7 The friends of Athanasius were not, however… 00:08:00 Timson, David
8 The disgrace and exile of the orthodox bishops of 00:10:39 Timson, David
Disc: 11
1 The retirement of Athanasius, which ended only… 00:09:10 Timson, David
2 I: The Roman pontiff, as long as he maintained… 00:08:59 Timson, David
3 The cruel and arbitrary disposition of Constantius 00:09:02 Timson, David
4 Such disorders are the natural effects of religiou 00:08:28 Timson, David
5 The sons of Constantine trod in the footsteps… 00:08:53 Timson, David
6 Chapter 22 00:10:15 Timson, David
7 After a painful conflict, Julian was compelled… 00:10:57 Timson, David
8 To moderate the zeal of his party… 00:12:59 Timson, David
Disc: 12
1 The situation of Julian required a vigorous… 00:09:58 Timson, David
2 The homage which Julian obtained from the fears… 00:10:47 Timson, David
3 A few days afterwards, when the remains… 00:08:48 Timson, David
4 The reformation of the Imperial court… 00:09:31 Timson, David
5 Before the end of the year in which… 00:09:57 Timson, David
6 From Constantinople, the attention of the monarch… 00:09:17 Timson, David
7 Chapter 23 00:09:00 Timson, David
8 As soon as Gallus was invested with the honours… 00:12:12 Timson, David
Disc: 13
1 In every age the absence of genuine inspiration… 00:10:02 Timson, David
2 The dissimulation of Julian lasted about ten years 00:07:45 Timson, David
3 As soon as he ascended the throne… 00:10:28 Timson, David
4 The enthusiasm of Julian prompted him to embrace… 00:10:44 Timson, David
5 In the midst of a rocky and barren country… 00:10:11 Timson, David
6 Yet on this occasion, the joint efforts of power… 00:10:54 Timson, David
7 It was undoubtedly the wish and design of Julian… 00:06:22 Timson, David
8 At the distance of five miles from Antioch… 00:11:42 Timson, David
Disc: 14
1 George, from his parents or his education, surname 00:09:07 Timson, David
2 After the tumult of Alexandria had subsided… 00:11:43 Timson, David
3 Chapter 24 00:09:32 Timson, David
4 If Julian had flattered himself… 00:08:45 Timson, David
5 Yet Antioch possessed one citizen, whose genius… 00:08:23 Timson, David
6 Hierapolis, situated almost on the banks of the Eu 00:10:12 Timson, David
7 The country which they traversed from the Chaboras 00:08:33 Timson, David
8 The fields of Assyria were devoted by Julian… 00:06:08 Timson, David
9 The fortifications were razed to the ground… 00:06:48 Timson, David
Disc: 15
1 As it becomes an emperor who has filled the first 00:10:51 Timson, David
2 On the second day after the battle the domestic gu 00:08:27 Timson, David
3 The cumbersome train of artillery and wagons… 00:08:11 Timson, David
4 While Julian struggled with the almost insuperable 00:10:17 Timson, David
5 The triumph of Christianity, and the calamities… 00:09:35 Timson, David
6 In this hopeless situation, the fainting spirits… 00:10:14 Timson, David
7 The friends of Julian had confidently announced… 00:07:57 Timson, David
8 After Jovian had performed those engagements… 00:06:38 Timson, David
9 Chapter 25 00:07:18 Timson, David
Disc: 16
1 The consternation of the Pagan world was dispelled 00:11:29 Timson, David
2 The invitation of the ministers and generals at Ni 00:08:06 Timson, David
3 The tranquillity of the East was soon disturbed… 00:12:00 Timson, David
4 Such indeed are the common and natural fruits of d 00:09:58 Timson, David
5 After he became master of the world… 00:09:56 Timson, David
6 The friend of toleration was unfortunately placed… 00:09:59 Timson, David
7 The strict regulations which have been framed… 00:10:14 Timson, David
8 I: The ambassadors of the Alemanni had been offend 00:06:18 Timson, David
Disc: 17
1 While the Alemanni appeared to be humbled… 00:10:22 Timson, David
2 The rumour of the successful armaments… 00:04:47 Timson, David
3 II: The fabulous colonies of Egyptians and Trojans 00:08:52 Timson, David
4 Six years after the death of Constantine… 00:07:48 Timson, David
5 III: The prince who refuses to be the judge… 00:10:45 Timson, David
Disc: 18
1 Africa had been lost by the vices of Romanus… 00:05:49 Timson, David
2 IV: The ignominious treaty which saved the army of 00:11:58 Timson, David
3 V: During a peaceful interval of thirty years… 00:07:42 Timson, David
4 The splendour and magnitude of this Gothic war… 00:10:30 Timson, David
5 The mind of Valentinian, who then resided at Treve 00:10:45 Timson, David
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