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A few 250 years after its first ebook, Gibbon's Decline and Fall continues to be considered as one of many maximum histories in Western literature. He stories on greater than 1,000 years of an empire which prolonged from the main northern and western elements of Europe to deep into Asia and Africa and covers not just occasions but in addition the cultural and spiritual advancements that effected switch in the course of that point. In quantity III (XXVII-XXXVI), Gibbon charts the autumn of the Western empire. beginning with the reign of Emperor Gratian (d. 383) his survey strikes to political and non secular matters within the East and West ahead of protecting the expanding army strength of the Barbarians. sometimes a superb Roman basic emerges to stem the tide, yet internecine energy struggles see the Western empire weakened, until eventually Gaul, Britain, Spain and different territories locate themselves, because the fifth century advances, not able to depend upon Rome for cover.

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2. D. D. 1185— v. 3. D. D. 1430 eISBN: 978-0-679-64148-3 1. C. D. 2. Byzantine Empire—History. I. Bury, J. B. (John Bagnell), 1861–1927. II. Title. 1_r1 Cover Title Page Copyright A List of Illustrations CHAPTER XLIX INTRODUCTION, WORSHIP, AND PERSECUTION OF IMAGES · REVOLT OF ITALY AND ROME · TEMPORAL DOMINION OF THE POPES · CONQUEST OF ITALY BY THE FRANKS · CHARACTER AND CORONATION OF CHARLEMAGNE · DECAY OF THE EMPIRE IN THE WEST · INDEPENDENCE OF ITALY · CONSTITUTION OF THE GERMANIC BODY · THE GERMAN EMPEROR CHARLES IV CHAPTER L DESCRIPTION OF ARABIA AND ITS INHABITANTS · BIRTH, CHARACTER, AND DOCTRINE OF MAHOMET · HE PREACHES AT MECCA · FLIES TO MEDINA · PROPAGATES HIS RELIGION BY THE SWORD · VOLUNTARY OR RELUCTANT SUBMISSION OF THE ARABS · HIS DEATH AND SUCCESSORS · THE CLAIMS AND FORTUNES OF ALI HIS DESCENDANTS · SUCCESS OF MAHOMET CHAPTER LI THE CONQUEST OF PERSIA, SYRIA, EGYPT, AFRICA, AND SPAIN, BY THE ARABS OR SARACENS · EMPIRE OF THE CALIPHS, OR SUCCESSORS OF MAHOMET · STATE OF THE CHRISTIANS, &C.

The oriental philosophy of the Gnostics, the dark abyss of predestination and grace, and the strange transformation of the Eucharist from the sign to the substance of Christ’s body,1 I have purposely abandoned to the curiosity of speculative divines. But I have reviewed, with diligence and pleasure, the objects of ecclesiastical history, by which the decline and fall of the Roman empire were materially affected, the propagation of Christianity, the constitution of the Catholic church, the ruin of Paganism, and the sects that arose from the mysterious controversies concerning the Trinity and incarnation.

Peter. The ample measure of the Exarchate45 might comprise all the provinces of Italy which had obeyed the emperor and his vicegerent; but its strict and proper limits were included in the territories of Ravenna, Bologna, and Ferrara; its inseparable dependency was the Pentapolis, which stretched along the Adriatic from Rimini, to Ancona, and advanced into the midland country as far as the ridges of the Apennine.

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