The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume IV
ISBN10: 1094010529 ISBN13: 9781094010526 Contributors: Timson, David (Narrator) Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks Published: Aug 6 2019 Weight: 0.80lbs. Height: 5.75" Width: 6.00" Depth: 1.75" Language: English
The decline and fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its appeal to both the general public and scholars alike. Its sheer scale is daunting, encompassing over a millennium of history, covering not merely the Western Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in 476 AD, but also the Eastern Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until the Turks vanquished it in 1453.
In this recording, David Timson incorporates the most salient of Edward Gibbon's footnotes from his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Gibbon explores the state of the Roman provinces after the dissolution of the Western Empire, and examines the reasons for its fall-not excluding its immoderate greatness. He then moves to the Empire in the East and its rule under Justinian (527-565), whose formidable leadership saw the re-fortification of Constantinople and the frontiers of the Eastern Empire. However, dangerous times remain ahead as the Persians make attempts to siege Constantinople. Gibbon ends with the state of the Eastern Empire in the sixth century and its weaknesses after a long war.