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Great Books Reading and Discussion Group
  The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume VI  
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 November meeting, we will be completing 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 57-71. This reading opens with an examination of the Crusades and continues through the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks under Mahomet II, marking the final extinction of the Roman Empire. It includes the schism between the Greeks and Latins and the take-over of the Empire by the Latins. Also covered are the conquests of Zingis Khan and Tamberlane and the division and reunion of the Western Church.

We also plan to organize meetings to discuss modern cinematography and character descriptions. Students will be happy to attend such events and prepare their own reports. We recommend that students start with a review of a film such as "pursuit of happiness"  via, this sample can be used to prepare reviews for subsequent films or books.

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Larry Brownn PhD, 1992

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Event Information
Monday, Nov 24 2014 at 6:15pm - 8:00pm [ iCal ]
Agora Restaurant
1527 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036 USA

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