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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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Imperial Overstretch: George W. Bush and the Hubris of Empire

Roger Burbach, Jim Tarbell - Political Science - 2004 - 240 pages
...and author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, claims that 'if man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the...happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation' look to Roman history before the beginning of its decline in the late second century AD (cited in Doyle...
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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 much to be said in favour...
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The Pursuit of Oblivion: A Global History of Narcotics

Richard Davenport-Hines - History - 2003 - 592 pages
...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 with the...
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Following Hadrian: A Second-Century Journey Through the Roman Empire

Elizabeth Speller - Biography & Autobiography - 2004 - 361 pages
...made a radiant assessment of the period within which Hadrian ruled: 'If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the race were most happy and most prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from...
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Menschenrechte und europäische Identität: die antiken Grundlagen

Klaus M. Girardet, Ulrich Nortmann - History - 2005 - 301 pages
...continued to flourish, and it is to this that we now return. The Roman Global Village: Universal Rome If a man were called to fix a period in the history...elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus [96-180 AD]. The vast extent of the Roman empire was governed by absolute power, under the...
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Philosophy in the Ancient World: An Introduction

James A. Arieti - Philosophy - 2005 - 386 pages
...Marcus Aurelius. It was of this period that Edward Gibbon wrote, ~— : 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 period from about 90 to ISO].55 Similarly, it is difficult to think of many worse times...
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Invisible Power: A Philosophical Adventure Story

Philip Allott - Fiction - 2005 - 179 pages
...Edward Gibbon (see Chapter 13 above, under 'crimes and follies') said: '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 emperor Domitian died in 96 CE. Commodus succeeded his father, the philosopher emperor...
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Creating Systems of Justice: Philanthropy at the Highest Level

Veredigno Atienza - Business & Economics - 2005 - 376 pages
...of History" by Will Durant. Durant quotes Gibbons thus: "If a man were to be called upon to fix the period, in the history of the world, during which...without hesitation name that which elapsed from the accession of 33 Marcus Cocceius Nerva (AD 96) to the death of Marcus Aurelius(180)." Durant writes:...
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Barbarism and Religion, Volume 2

J. G. A. Pocock - History - 2001 - 440 pages
...deal.59 In language which Gibbon was to echo and invert, he says: If a man were called to fix upon the period in the history of the world, during which the condition of the human race - 'Europe' has now become the globe was most calamitous and afflicted, he would, without hesitation,...
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An Introduction to the Comparative Study of Private Law: Readings, Cases ...

James Gordley, Arthur Taylor von Mehren - Law - 2006 - 581 pages
...peace and stability for the Roman empire. The eighteenthcentury 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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