Summary of Edward Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" [NOOK Book]


By Edward Gibbon is , is a 1.760 page book , summarized in 71 pages. The book covers the whole History of the Roman Empire from the first Emperor, Octavius Augustus , in 23 BC, to the dissapearance of Byzantium in 1453. However I have limited the summary to cover the first 500 years of the Empire, up to the fall of the last Western Roman Emperor in year 466, as the history of the Eastern Empire, that is Byzantium , is of limited interest to readers seeking a first introduction into the History of the Roman ...
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By Edward Gibbon is , is a 1.760 page book , summarized in 71 pages. The book covers the whole History of the Roman Empire from the first Emperor, Octavius Augustus , in 23 BC, to the dissapearance of Byzantium in 1453. However I have limited the summary to cover the first 500 years of the Empire, up to the fall of the last Western Roman Emperor in year 466, as the history of the Eastern Empire, that is Byzantium , is of limited interest to readers seeking a first introduction into the History of the Roman Empire. The summary includes biographies of the 82 emperors from Octavius to Romulus Augustulus, and many quotes from Gibbon that help colour those biographies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788494030024
  • Publisher: Marisol Kindelan
  • Publication date: 6/25/2012
  • Sold by: Bookwire
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 71
  • File size: 3 MB

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Edward Gibbon, born in 1.737, was the eldest of seven children and the only one to survive infancy. At the age of sixteen he was sent to Oxford, where he received, "neither instruction nor companionship", and complained about it to his father, who sent him to Lausanne in Switzerland. There he became a calvinist, and studied french and latin, greatly mastering both languages. He returned to England in 1758, serving in the army until 1763. After this, he travelled to Paris and Rome, where in October of 1.764,..."as I sat musing on the ruins of the Capitol....the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city, first started to my mind" . He returned to London and proceeded to submerge himself in the chronicles of Roman historians, many of which have fortunately reached us. Gibbon published the first part of this book in 1.776, and the last part in 1.787. The books reflect the author's passion on the subject matter, and his drive for objectivity, a trait which made him dig into every possible available record, a fact underscored by the huge number of footnotes in his book, (over 100 per chapter). His descriptions are extremely detailed, and, frequently, very entertaining, ranging from accounts of an emperor's personality , to observations on the most important crops in Syria, to comments on the nuances of the different early christian creeds, etc etc .He tells an absolutely fascinating story, and a real one , like no one has told it before or since. Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, remains one of the master works of history. My objective is, not to provide reading pleasure, (which readers will certainly find in the book), but to facilitate an introduction, a quick first glimpse, to the magnificent and dramatic history of the Roman Empire. The Roman Empire is at the root of all European nations, from Russia in the East, to Britain in the West; and from Scandinavia and Germany in the North to Spain, and of course Italy and Greece, in the south. We as Europeans, owe it to ourselves to know our history, and the Roman Empire is a common root, and a very important part of it . A I say, my summary cannot transmit the pleasure of reading Gibbon's wonderfully baroque prose, which I summarize from the two tome, 1982 University of Chicago edition of his book , (copyright Encyclopaedia Britannica). But hopefully, in its 70 pages, it transmits the essential core facts told in his work, in a format which facilitates retention, and future reference. The summary ends in chapter 45, which covers the fall of the Ravenna Exarchate in 575, as from then on Gibbon's book tells the history of Byzantium, which is no longer as relevant to a Western European,as the first part of his book.
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Table of Contents

Introductory Comment Summary 1. Octavius Augustus, 23 BC- 14 AD 2. Tiberius 14 AD- 37 AD 3. Caligula, 37 AD- 41 AD 4. Claudius, 41 -54 5. Nero 54-68 6. Galba, Otho, and Vitelius, 68-69 7. Vespasianus, 69-79 8. Titus, 79-81 9. Domitianus, 81-96 10. Nerva, 96-98 11. Trajanus, 98-117 12. Adrianus, 117- 138 13. Pius Antoninus, 138-161 14. Marcus Antoninus, 161-180 15. Commodus, 180-193 16. Pertinax, 193-193 17. Didius Julianus, 19-193 18. Septimus Severus, 193-211 19. Caracalla, 211- 217 20. Macrinus, 211- 217 21. Basianus -Antoninus-Elogabalus, 217-222 22. Alexander, 222-235 23. Maximinus, 235-238 24. Gordianus I and Gordianus II, 238 25. Maximus and Balbinus, 238 26. Gordianus III, 238-244 27. Phillipus, 244-249 28. Decius, 244-251 29. Hostilianus, 251-251 30. Gallus, 251-252 31. Aemilianus, 252-253 32. Valerianus, 253-258 33. Gallienus, 258-268 34. Claudius, 268-269 35. Quintilius, 269-269 36. Aurelianus, 269-276 37. Tacitus, 276-276 38. Florianus, 276-276 39. Probus, 276-282 40. Carus, 282-286 41. Carinus, 283-286 42. Numerian, 283-284 43. Dioclecianus, 286-305 44. Maximian, Western Empire, 284-305 43. Diocletianus, Eastern Empire, 285-305 45. Constantius, Western Empire, 305-306 46. Galerius, Eastern Empire, 305-311 47. Severus, Western Empire, 306-306 48. Maxentius, Western Empire, 306-312 49. Constantinus, Western and Eastern Empires, 306-337 50. Maximin, Eastern Empire, 305-313 51. Licinius, Eastern Empire, 305-324 52. Constantinus II, Eastern Empire, 337-350 53. Constantius II, Eastern Empire, 337- 361 54. Constans Western Empire, 337-350 55. Magnentius, Western Empire350-351 53. Constantius II, Eastern and Western Empires, 351- 361 56. Julianus, Eastern and Western Empires, 360-363 57. Jovianus, Eastern and Western Empires, 363-364 58. Valentinianus Western Empire, 363-375 59. Valens, Eastern Empire, 364-378 60. Gracianus, Western Empire, 375-387 61. Theodosius, Eastern Empire, 379-392 60. Gracianus, Western Empire, 375-387 62. Maximus, Western Empire, 384-389 63. Honorius, Western Empire, 395-428 64. Arcadius, Eastern Empire, 395-406 65. Theodosius II, Eastern Empire, 408-450 66. Constantius III, Western Empire, Co Emperor, 426-428 67. Valentinianus III, Western Empire, 423-45568. Marcianus, Eastern Empire, 450-457 69. Petronius Maximus, West, 455-455 70. Avitus, Western Empire, 455-456 71. Majorian, Western Empire, 456-461 72. Libius Severus, Western Empire, 461-467 73. Leo, Eastern Empire, 457-474 74. Anthemius, Western Empire, 467-475 75. Olybrius, Western Empire, 457-473 76. Nepos, Western Empire, 473-475 77. RomulusAugustulus, 475-476 Odoacer, King of Italy, 476-490 78. Leo II, Eastern Empire, or, Byzantium, 476 79. Zeno, Byzantium, 476-491 Theodoric, Second King of Italy, 490- 523 80. Anastasius, Byzantium, 491-518 81. Justinus, Byzantium, 518-527 82. Justinianus, Byzantium, 527- 565
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