The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Zväzok 5

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Claxton, Remsen, & Haffelfinger, 1875

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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 ... Čítať celú recenziu

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In The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon argues that the loss of civic virtue amongst the Romans enabled barbarian invaders to succeed in their conquest. The book traces the period ... Čítať celú recenziu

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