- Audio CD
- Publisher: Naxos AudioBooks; Abridged edition edition (1 May 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 962634122X
- ISBN-13: 978-9626341223
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 13.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Part 2): Audio CDs: Pt. 2 (Classic non-fiction) Audio CD – Abridged, Audiobook, Classical
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First Gibbon. Leaving aside the ways in which scholarship has moved on since the eighteenth century, it has always been recognized that Gibbon's later volumes -- those that deal with the Byzantines and the period after the fall of the Empire in the west in 476 -- are much weaker than his earlier volumes. There are times when Gibbon is grossly unfair to the Byzantines; times when he exaggerates the strengths of an emperor (e.g. his words of praise for the failure emperor Manuel Comnenus in this recording); times when he is pretty silly -- e.g. suggesting that Constantine VI was poisoned by the wife of his son Romanus II or in his prurient but pointless interest in the love affairs of the wife of Belisarius; times when he strays a very long way from his main subject e.g. by writing about the Tartars and the Mongols and just seems to be writing about what takes his fancy.
Naxos has frankly done a very bad job indeed of editing these excerpts. Whoever wrote the linkage simply does not know the elementary facts of Byzantine history and so slips into some crude blunders, e.g. when the linkage text suggests that the Greek church is different from the Crusaders because it rejects the Trinity. This is simply ignorance. The same thing shows through in the pronunciation of many names, and even less excusably some basic words.Read more ›
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