Ancient History – ERB Library of FREE Classic Ebooks [Kindle/More]

October 2, 2013


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Ancient History

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[easyazon-link asin=”B00846T6X4″ locale=”us”]Plutarch’s Lives, Volume I[/easyazon-link]
[easyazon-link asin=”B004SQWXY8″ locale=”us”]Plutarch’s Lives, Volume II[/easyazon-link]
[easyazon-link asin=”B00846UIG8″ locale=”us”]Plutarch’s Lives Volume III.[/easyazon-link]

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Plutarch’s Lives, is a series of biographies of famous men, arranged in tandem to illuminate their common moral virtues or failings, written in the late 1st century. The surviving Parallel Lives contain twenty-three pairs of biographies, each pair consisting of one Greek and one Roman, as well as four unpaired, single lives. It is a work of considerable importance, not only as a source of information about the individuals biographized, but also about the times in which they lived.
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[easyazon-link asin=”B009EF5QKQ” locale=”us”]History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Complete Edition [/easyazon-link]$1.99 – Through Amazon
Edward Gibbon
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Gibbon offers an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell, a task made difficult by a lack of comprehensive written sources, though he was not the only historian to tackle the subject.
According to Gibbon, the Roman Empire succumbed to barbarian invasions in large part due to the gradual loss of civic virtue among its citizens. They had become weak, outsourcing their duties to defend their Empire to barbarian mercenaries, who then became so numerous and ingrained that they were able to take over the Empire.


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