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" If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. "
Our Israelitish Origin: Lectures on Ancient Israel, and the Israelitish ... - Page 75
by John Wilson - 1840 - 144 pages
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Constantine and the Bishops: The Politics of Intolerance

H. A. Drake - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 609 pages
...Gibbon's picture of decline and fall, according to which the philosopher-emperor had presided over "the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous," whereas Constantine, by contrast, was thrown up during an age of barbarism and...
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Greeks and Barbarians

Thomas Harrison - History - 2002 - 336 pages
...Euphrates, its flourishing trade, its lively Greek intellectual life - the age which Gibbon called 'the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous' - even then we find too many expressions of unease about the situation of the...
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Plutarch

Robert Lamberton, Paolo Vivante - History - 2001 - 218 pages
...empire— the period Gibbon singled out, with characteristic Eurocentric eloquence, as "the period of the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous"— had begun. Whatever the manifest shortcomings of Gibbon's formulation, it...
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The Enlightenment: A Sourcebook and Reader

Paul Hyland, Olga Gomez, Francesca Greensides - History - 2003 - 467 pages
...passages) 'Of the Constitution of the Roman Empire in the Age oftheAntonines' If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian...
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Revelation Hoofbeats

Ron J. Bigalke, Jr. - Religion - 2003 - 368 pages
...of sand in the universe.' Even the cynical Gibbon had to tip his hat: 'If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from [96 to 180 AD]' —...
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Homosexuality and Civilization

Louis Crompton - History - 2009 - 623 pages
...the Antonine line. His short reign inaugurated what Gibbon — taking a Eurocentric view — called "the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous."78 HOMOSEXUALITY AND CIVILIZATION 19. Antinous. Delphi, c. 130 CE. ander in reaching...
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Institutiones

Gaius, Justinian I (Emperor of the East), Thomas Lambert Mears - History - 1882 - 626 pages
...imperial authority gave formal recognition to his works ;TT and, there* " If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would without hesitation name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian...
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America As Empire: Global Leader Or Rogue Power?

Jim Garrison, James Garrison - Political Science - 2004 - 192 pages
...definition to both imperial power and imperial longevity. As Gibbon wrote, "If a man were called upon to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would without hesitation name that which elapsed from the accession of Nerva...
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Death and the Displacement of Beauty: Foundations of violence

Grace Jantzen - Philosophy - 2004 - 390 pages
...Trajan is often taken as the height of the Roman Empire: Edward Gibbon called it 'the golden age', the 'period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous' (Gibbon 1960: 1 ). For the upper classes in Rome and her vast Empire there is...
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The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics

Richard Davenport-Hines - History - 2003 - 592 pages
...use of the Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (AD 121-80). Marcus Aurelius, whose reign Gibbon extolled as 'the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy', was a practising Stoic philosopher but no mere quietist.16 His Meditations, which resonate...
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