The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Part II

Downloadable Audiobook - 1997 | Abridged
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A continuation of the gradual collapse of the Roman rule looking East, to the weakness of the Byzantine state, the spread of Islam, and the crusades.
Publisher: [United States] : Naxos : Made available through hoopla, 1997
Edition: Abridged
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (7hr., 10 min.)) : digital
ISBN: 9789629547158


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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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