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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. "
Macmillan's Magazine - Page 493
1865
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Companion to Historiography

Michael Bentley - History - 2002 - 997 pages
...was the vantage point from which he would look both forward and back: If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the...race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesttation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. The vast...
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The Political Economy of Dictatorship

Ronald Wintrobe - Business & Economics - 2000 - 390 pages
...and ponder the Age of the Antonines, of which Gibbon (1981) declared: If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus [Aurelius' successor]. The vast extent of the Roman empire was governed by absolute power,...
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Secret of Regeneration

Hilton Hotema - 1998 - 434 pages
...stands the unchallenged and unchallengeable statement of Gibbon: "If man were called upon to fix the period in the history of the world during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. The vast extent of the Roman Empire was governed by absolute power, under the guidance of...
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: 28 Selected Chapters

Edward Gibbon - Fiction - 1998 - 1089 pages
...originality which he saw as characteristic of imperial Roman society even in its Antonine heyday, 'the period in the history of the world during which the...condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous' (chapter 3). For despite this emphatic assertion of the material blessings of peace, law and civilisation,...
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Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph: The Art of the Roman Empire AD 100-450

Jaś Elsner - Art - 1998 - 297 pages
...phases of Roman history: the triumphant second century (famously described by Edward Gibbon as 'the period in the history of the world during which the...of the human race was most happy and prosperous'); the so-called 'crisis' of the third century when military, economic, and social turmoil is represented...
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The Satires

Juvenal - Health & Fitness - 1999 - 250 pages
...Trajan (98-117), the start of the period of which Gibbon wrote that if a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus (Bk. I, ch. 3). Human satisfaction is never, of course, unalloyed, and Gibbon went on to surmise...
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Sinndeutung und Periodisierung der Geschichte: eine systematische Ub̈ersicht ...

Johan Hendrik Jacob Van Der Pot - Philosophy - 1999 - 1 pages
...von 96 n. Chr. bis 180 die goldene Zeit der Menschheitsgeschichte: "If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. The vast extent of the Roman empire was governed by absolute power, under the guidance of...
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Barbarism and Religion, Volume 2

J. G. A. Pocock - History - 2001 - 440 pages
...encountered. It was to be of high significance to Gibbon; his famous sentence If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus,14" follows word for word Robertson's sentence about the period 'most calamitous and afflicted',149...
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Roman Law in European History

Peter Stein - History - 1999 - 137 pages
...peace and stability for the Roman empire. The eighteenth-century historian Edward Gibbon called it 'the period in the history of the world during which the...condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous' (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, ch. 3). The third century, by contrast, was a period of considerable...
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Cultural Amnesia: America's Future and the Crisis of Memory

Professor of Classical Studies Stephen Bertman, Stephen Bertman - Psychology - 2000 - 176 pages
...introducing the theme of his work, Gibbon made the following assertion: If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus.4 Now let's imagine a contemporary pollster putting the same question to a typical group of...
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