The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

[Part II]

Audiobook CD - 1997
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Gibbon's masterpiece is one of the greatest texts in the English language and remains the work that sets the standard for all histories of the period.
Publisher: [Redhill, Surrey] : Naxos AudioBooks, p1997
ISBN: 9789626341223
Branch Call Number: CDA 937.06 GIB
Characteristics: 6 sound discs (ca. 7 hr., 54 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet
Additional Contributors: Madoc, Philip
Jason, Neville


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Jan 23, 2014

V.2 of this two volume audio CD set covers Gibbon's presentation of the period starting from the final demise of the Western empire through the flourish, then the demise of the Eastern empire in 1453 AD. 6 audio CDs. Highly abridged. It would take 50 audio CD's otherwise. The abridgement is well selected. A subset of mostly-complete stories. Gibbons seems to want to evade the issue of why the Empire failed. Most modern day scholars say it was the politicians allowing the wealthy business to purchase too much influence on public policy, alienating the average work-a-day citizens. Mostly swept under the rug by Gibbons. Still, on the whole, entertaining and informative. Recommended.

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