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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
  The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  
Alumni meet monthly to discuss one of the classics of literature.

Cost: Free, apart from the cost of food & drink
No Registration Required
At the September meeting, we will be continuing our ongoing discussion of the great historical work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon. This classic book, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1789, is to this day considered one of the standard references on the later history of the Roman Empire, east and west. Gibbon's research is accurate and his style is extremely readable. Since so much of Western Civilization derives from the Roman Empire, this history informs our politics, religion and literature, and Gibbon's work has influenced historians over two centuries.

At this meeting we will discuss Volume V, Chapters 47-56. This reading starts with a theological discussion of the Great Schism between Eastern and Western churches and continues with a description of the early years of Islam and the conquests of Persia and the Near East by the Arabs. It covers the reigns of Charlemagne through Henry VI in the West and the sieges of Constantinople and civil wars in the East.

The Great Books Reading and Discussion Group normally meets on the fourth Monday of each month at the Agora Restaurant.

Event Contact
Larry Brown PHD, 1992

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Event Information
Monday, Sep 22 2014 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA
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