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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume III the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume III

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"I set out upon Gibbon's "Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" and] was immediately dominated by both the story and the style," recalled Winston Churchill. "I devouredGibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all....I was not even estranged by his naughty footnotes." In the two centuries since its completion, Gibbon's magnum opus--which encompa ...more
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Published October 23rd 2000 by Modern Library (first published 1781)
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Justin Evans
Aug 07, 2014 Justin Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Volumes V and VI include probably the most interesting period for my taste, while also including the worst individual chapter and even more unnecessary Byzantine-bashing (Constantinople's "decline is almost coeval with her foundation") and even clearer bias on Gibbon's side. It's fascinating to read someone so blithely unaware of the inconsistencies in his own beliefs, and so happily accepting of the superiority of his own class. You know who should control everything, Gibbon asks? The most weal ...more
David
Aug 22, 2013 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ok I'm onto volume III and starting to shake because it's coming to the end. By now I am a complete addict, just a few thousand pages in. What can I do when I get to the last page? Is there a centre that treats people for Edward Gibbon withdrawal?

It is a great shame that the Roman empire collapsed so quickly after a mere 1500 years of analysis because Gibbon could have just kept going.

If you find yourself in prison, on a slow train or on a desert island take all three with you. The only downsid
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Roy Lotz
As this is my fourth review of Gibbon, and as I am not as inexhaustible as that great man, this review will be somewhat scatterbrained—just a few casual observations and some final reflections.

First, it occurred to me, after reading Gibbon’s memoirs, that one of the largest influences on his writing must have been Homer. Notice that Gibbon systematically reuses and repeats certain key phrases and words in the same situations, just as Homer reused the same formulas through his poems. For example,
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David Huff
Jan 20, 2017 David Huff rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Upon completing this 3rd Volume, I now stand at the halfway point of Gibbon’s 6 Volume masterpiece. From this vantage point, it’s the late 5th Century, Attila the Hun has invaded, pillaged and conquered the Eastern Empire, and the last Emperor of the crumbling Western Empire, Romulus Augustulus, has made way for Odoacer, the first Barbarian King of Italy.

I grow more fascinated, as I continue this long and detailed history, with just how much material Gibbon imbibed in order to organize and write
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Individualfrog
In my Victorian edition, this third volume stretches from the fall of Rome itself to the conquests of the Islamic empire under the first caliphs and the early Umayyads. In other words, the original Book IV and first few chapters of Book V. I don't know if it's just me getting used to his style, or maybe reflects a difference in his sources, but it seems to me that in this volume Gibbon is looser, more vivid, more willing to tell stories; there is plenty of excitement and fun here.

The first 2/3rd
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Jemma
Jul 28, 2011 Jemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite the masterpiece but very, very long and the language is both archaic and complicated, so a fair effort is required. This is, however, repaid as this complete Historian covers all the angles. So, his account of the end of the Roman Empire includes the fate of the Eastern Empire based at Constantinople and this, in turn, includes the rise of Islam, the Crusades, the Mongols and the viccissitudes within the Islamic states.

A pleasant surprise is his modern mind. Gibbon's critiques of religion
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Nicholas Whyte
Jun 16, 2012 Nicholas Whyte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chapter XLVIII: Plan of last two volumes, and later Byzantine emperors
Chapter XLIX: Iconoclasm, Charlemagne and the Holy Roman Empire
Chapter L: Mahomet
Chapter LI: the successors of Mahomet
Chapter LII: The limits of the early caliphate
Chapter LIII: The Byzantine Empire in the Tenth Century
Chapter LIV: The Paulicians and the Reformation
Chapter LV: The Bulgarians, the Hungarians and the Russians
Chapter LVI: Italy and the Normans
Chapter LVII: The Turks

Chapter LVIII: The First Crusade
Chapter LIX: Th
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Gonzo
Nov 02, 2016 Gonzo rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The so-called “Age of Reason,” is long over, but the ruling class never fully lost the mindset of this time. Then again, the Age of Reason ushered in the philosophy of the ruling class. Christianity had already destroyed the notion that strength alone should determine who should rule. But the “Enlightenment” idea that man was the maker and organizer of society rather than God created the intellectual justification for meritocracy, and basis for every bourgeois state, from liberal democracies to ...more
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Stacy
Mar 06, 2016 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still enjoying the prose and the odd relevance to current events. Gibbon is enlightened, even, and optimistic and it makes for wonderful narration.

“A long period of calamity or decay must have checked the industry, and diminished the wealth, of the people; and their profuse luxury must have been the result of that indolent despair, which enjoys the present hour, and declines the thoughts of futurity. The uncertain condition of their property discouraged the subjects of Theodosius from engaging
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Yifan (Evan) Xu (Hsu)
1776年的英国出版了两本历史上举足轻重的著作:亚当史密斯的《国富论》和 爱德华吉本 的《罗马帝国衰亡史》。
  
  早年简单看过后者这本大作,认为吉本对罗马帝国衰亡的解读主要集中在皇帝个人执政行为和宗教这两方面,尽管分析详细,但对衰亡原因的理解过于狭隘。而随着近现代考古发现的不断增加,罗马帝国的研究更加集中在社会、经济和军事领域,其中,对货币和经济的研究则成为近年来的重点。
  
  现代对罗马经济金融史研究的学者已经对以下观点达成一致,认为导致罗马帝国的崩溃的主要原因是通货膨胀,导致政府最终无力支付军队,从而无法抵抗外敌入侵。至于通货程度,举了例子,公元前共和体制时期,50 银币(罗马主要流行货币denarius银币)可以支付罗马一家人一年的食物,而到了3世纪,获得等量的食物则需要6000银币。货币超发则通过皇帝一次次把银币含银量降低而完成,一单位银币的含银量从Augustus公元前1世纪的95%降到到公元后3世纪的0.5%。
  
  罗马皇帝超发货币目的是为了维持政府开支。军队、对外战争、罗马市民的身份地位和国家荣耀,在我看来,是维系罗马帝国团结稳定的四个主要支柱。然而,军队
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Galicius
Jan 04, 2013 Galicius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Gibbon summarizes briefly near the end of Volume III the period covered in the first three volumes of his history the five centuries from the “fortunate age of Trajan” to the total extinction of the Roman Empire in the West. We are left with Vandals and Moors in North Africa, Saxons struggling with natives in Britain, mercenaries in Italy as far as the Danube. The German nations replaced the Roman government while the Eastern Constantinople’s feeble princes continued to reign in the East faintly ...more
Carlos Burga
Sep 29, 2012 Carlos Burga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Despite being the third volume in Gibbon’s epic history of the Roman Empire, he is still able to bring the same freshness and engagement from his first two volumes. Keeping his honest analysis of the impact of each emperor in the overall health of the empire, he is able to convey the impacts of the division of the Empire into its western and eastern branch. By focusing on the increasingly important role of the Gothic, Vandal and Gallic tribes in the last decades of the Empire, he is able to give ...more
Alex Milledge
Dec 23, 2013 Alex Milledge rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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While I was reading the book, my main interest was the fall of the western half of the roman empire, which declined around the 5th and 6th centuries, which ended about half way through the second volume. The last half of the second volume and third volume was concerned with the Eastern "roman" empire until the fall of the Constantinople to Mohammed the Second.

After the Western Roman Empire fell the first time, there was no true roman empire, although you can say that Charlemagne reincarnated th
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Kevin
Feb 15, 2016 Kevin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gibbon continues to impress me with his very manifest use and criticism of his sources. The writing is relatively easy, though at times discursive and, in keeping with the time in which it was written, assumes in the reader a certain immersion in neo-classical knowledge and thought. His history contains a degree of drama, but one must be patient enough to wait for it. On a technical note, the maps in all these books are almost useless. I'm not sure if they are the ones from the original run of t ...more
Greg Northrup
Jan 14, 2010 Greg Northrup rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the abridged Vols. 1 and 2 but decided to switch over to the unabridged for Vol. 3. Not having read 4-6 yet, I would suppose that this volume is the most important as a stand alone book, in that it addresses arguably the most crucial aspects of the Decline and Fall: the final triumph of Christianity; the conflict with the Arians; the loss of Africa; both sacks of Rome, and finally the loss of the Rome and the Western Roman Empire entirely. Gibbon's language is elqouent, imaginative and at ...more
Razi
Aug 01, 2016 Razi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh yes, the first half is done and the sun has set on the Western Roman Empire. It became a bit tiresome with bucket loads of minor emperors in quick succession, the usual way in which most empires end: general disorganisation and uncertainty and, of course, the barbarians doing what barbarians do best, chipping at the foundations. Senators and the elite busy sorting their own problems out instead doing their duties, personal vendettas, dishonored wives etc. At the end you just feel relieved tha ...more
Mike Murray
2016 Book # 26/35. Continuing with the fascinating information, this book, because of the time period covered, brought in lots of interesting stuff on the world outside of the empire. I'm more interested in this stuff because it's about the fall. I continue to see many parallels to the world today. Kind of scary.
Phil Barker
Christians, mostly persecution of them by pagans and of each other. A bit of a slog at times, I guess I'm not that interested in the details of the Nicene creed c.f. Arianism. But some good turns of phrase.
Scott Harris
Sep 25, 2011 Scott Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volume 3 of Gibbon's series is jam packed. At times, the flow of characters and timeframes becomes somewhat disorienting. It is however a comprehensive, although historically slanted, account of this period. Somewhat challenging as a sustained read.
Fredrick Danysh
Good, though dated, analysis of the Roman Empire that addresses all aspects over the centuries. A somewhat dry read.
Bryan
Aug 25, 2013 Bryan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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It's Gibbon and I finished it. I am too humble to attempt a review. Go ahead and read it, you'll be glad you did.
Steve
Jun 20, 2012 Steve rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is one of the greatest works of history and literature in the Westrn canon.
Cncschin
Jan 05, 2009 Cncschin marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Love this series having a hard time getting through the vocabulary, but amazed at the strategies of the roman army.
Kekuni Minton
Jun 02, 2012 Kekuni Minton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gibbon picks up where Tacitus leaves off. And he has the same ironic pessimistic and incredibly insightful view of Rome and human nature in power. Wonderful!
Kent
Jul 01, 2009 Kent rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
From the Fall of Rome through the establishment of barbarian kingdoms in Europe to the end of Justinian's reign. Great stuff.
Kevin
Jul 01, 2012 Kevin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: european-history
"Okay this book was written in the 1700's. There's no way anyone could have liked it then or now. Maybe the Romans read it and got so bored that they decided to dissolve their empire."
M Pereira
African schism, the last emperors and ending on Roman Britain. What is there not to love about this book. It's fair to say this is a herculean effort to read this volume.
Jim
Sep 14, 2008 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This still rates as one of my favorite books in regards to the evolution and eventual demise of a republic. Its relevance to modern America can not be overstated.
Khaye Smith
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Edward Gibbon (8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.

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