edward gibbon's "the decline & fall of the roman empire": C/D?

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downloaded vol 1 free today, started it this morning. The writing is great and the whole thing appeals to my little boy fantasies.

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Monday, 15 October 2012 15:30 (eight years ago) link

wow this sounds great. and you can download it for free? how's the format that that comes in?

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Thursday, 18 October 2012 14:34 (eight years ago) link

this book is so fucking good it almost depresses me

difficult listening hour, Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:49 (eight years ago) link

stop making me want to read it again! i do want to. maybe get a different edition, be a good excuse.

a pass-agg to indier (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:55 (eight years ago) link

except it makes you a little sad that Gibbon hasn't written the history of the whole world

a pass-agg to indier (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:55 (eight years ago) link

the format is fine - got it through ibooks. I've taken to reading on my iphone, which most people find weird, but I like because it's very easy to read on the subway or in bed, and I don't have to carry anything extra.

the writing is fantastic. some of the underlying ideology is kind of o_O but it can be read with a grain of salt. I'm also assuming it's not the most perfectly accurate history ever written and I'm reading it more for the narrative and overall enjoyment.

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:56 (eight years ago) link

Like when he just effuses about how pleased all of the subjects were with their roman overlords I assume some exaggeration. Also there's a very anti-populist/elitist bent to some of it.

michael bolton's reckless daughter (Hurting 2), Thursday, 18 October 2012 16:57 (eight years ago) link

i've only gotten through a little more than 200 pages of it but it is really really great -- every time i pick it up i pretty much don't want to do anything else but read it. i wish i had a cork-lined room i could retreat to or something.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Thursday, 18 October 2012 18:14 (eight years ago) link

the Commodus section shows what a hash Ridley Scott made out of it in Gladiator; reality proved far more gruesome.

the ones that I'm near most: fellow outcasts and ilxors (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 18 October 2012 18:15 (eight years ago) link

might have to break my spending freeze to buy this

Know how Roo feel (LocalGarda), Friday, 19 October 2012 09:03 (eight years ago) link

have any of you guys read the whole thing? i just have that modern library edit, and it's still like 1200 pages.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 19 October 2012 18:43 (eight years ago) link

i have this disgustingly gorgeous three-volume unabridged hardcover with giant two-page reproductions of the "original etchings" but nah i have not read anywhere close to the whole thing, partly cuz i can't take it anywhere. i think i said on some other thread that it can only be read on a plinth. but the kindle editions i got were pale, pale, pale imitations.

difficult listening hour, Friday, 19 October 2012 18:46 (eight years ago) link

Iirc, I petered out in Byzantium around 900 or 1000 AD.

Aimless, Friday, 19 October 2012 18:46 (eight years ago) link

(it's from one of my annual holiday-season raids on the bookshelves in my parents' basement, lest anyone think i am not buying ramen w pennies)

difficult listening hour, Friday, 19 October 2012 18:47 (eight years ago) link

(also i don't mean to be snotty about the kindle editions, being able to pull any version of gibbon out of the fucking AIR for NOTHING is literally the main thing our civilization has going for it)

difficult listening hour, Friday, 19 October 2012 18:49 (eight years ago) link

Iirc, I petered out in Byzantium around 900 or 1000 AD.

โ€• Aimless, Friday, October 19, 2012 1:46 PM (12 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

so did byzantium iirc

goole, Friday, 19 October 2012 18:59 (eight years ago) link

four years pass...

I've Storified my (plentiful) tweets on what I found noteworthy in Gibbon: wisdom, humour, elegance, prejudice https://t.co/SODaFPUfZ1

— Josh Spero (@joshspero) April 27, 2017

๐” ๐”ž๐”ข๐”จ (caek), Saturday, 20 May 2017 18:33 (three years ago) link

this is the way gibbons intended it to be read

flopson, Saturday, 20 May 2017 18:52 (three years ago) link

this is probably the best book ever

The Remoans of the May (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 20 May 2017 19:17 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

Yearly reminder to read Gibbon

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 September 2017 20:52 (three years ago) link

two years pass...

it's actually not that great as an intro to Roman history - it starts after all the famous imperial stuff (Caesar Augustus, Claudius, Nero) is over (and assumes its audience knows its way around that iirc); but the title hides the fact that you do get Attila, Genghis Khan, Charlemagne, rise of Islam, Crusades etc etc.

โ€• you don't exist in the database (woof), Monday, 5 September 2011 bookmarkflaglink

Is it worth reading Suetonius before starting on this btw?

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 May 2020 13:56 (eleven months ago) link

neither of them are the most accurate things to read as history in 2020, both of them are the best things to read as entertainment, you certainly *could* read Suetonius first but then there's 600-odd years of Roman history before the Caesars so it's still not the whole empire. i think the Decline makes sense on its own, Gibbon sets out his terms at the beginning and in the title.

Children of Bo-Dom (Noodle Vague), Monday, 25 May 2020 14:02 (eleven months ago) link

Got it, Ty.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 25 May 2020 14:03 (eleven months ago) link

seven months pass...

Iggy Pop on Gibbonโ€™s Decline and Fall is the most poignant thing Iโ€™ve read all week. https://t.co/jksAqwnpAQ pic.twitter.com/sG5aW5gN9h

— Mary Harrington (@moveincircles) January 3, 2021

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 January 2021 11:28 (four months ago) link

I've seen that before but it is great

Uptown Top Scamping (Noodle Vague), Monday, 4 January 2021 13:18 (four months ago) link

"I feel less tyrannized by the present day"

xyzzzz__, Monday, 4 January 2021 17:43 (four months ago) link

Iggy's frequenting the bookstore at which I worked in the early '90s was a delight.

Patriotic Goiter (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:45 (four months ago) link

Ha, was wondering when that was going to get mentioned.

Dog Heavy Manners (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 4 January 2021 17:47 (four months ago) link

did he ever come into the bookstore shirtless?

nobody like my rap (One Eye Open), Monday, 4 January 2021 21:20 (four months ago) link

Barefoot.


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