Caesar and Christ

Caesar and Christ am Ebook The Story of Civilization Part III Caesar and Christ The Story of Civilization Will Durant Ariel Durant Editor

Caesar and Christ am Ebook The Story of Civilization, Part III: Caesar and Christ (The Story of Civilization #3), Will Durant, Ariel Durant (Editor)تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1993 میلادیعنوان: تاریخ تمدن مجلد سوم قیصر و مسیح؛ نویسنده: ویل دورانت؛ آریل دورانت؛ مترجمها: حمید عنایت: کتابهای اوّل و دوّم ؛ پرویز داریوش: کتاب سوّم ؛ علی‌ اصغر سروش: کتابهای چهارم و پنجم؛ سرویراستار: محمود مصاحب؛ ویراستاران: داریوش آشوری؛ پرویز داریوش؛ محمود عبادیان؛ خشایار دیهیمی تهران، سازمان انتشارات؛ 1370؛ در 930 ص؛ فهرست مجلد سوم تاریخ تمدن: مقدّمه: منشأ - پیش‌درآمدِ اتروسکی؛ کتاب اوّل: جمهوری؛ کتاب دوّم: انقلاب؛ کتاب سوّم: امارت؛ کتاب چهارم: امپراطوری؛ کتاب پنجم: شبابِ مسیحیّت؛ •••؛ ا. شربیانی. Caesar and Christ The Story of Civilization III. The best Kindle Caesar and Christ Having just read and loved Durant’s Life of Greece (I’d decided to skip the first volume on Asia), I jumped right into the next installment; but now, after finishing, my enthusiasm for this series has cooled a little. The quality of this volume is similarly high, so perhaps the only reason I am less excited about this one is that I’m used to Durant’s writing by now. But perhaps my gut is speaking truthfully, and this volume really is weaker.For me, Durant is at his worst when he is describing political history. He tries his hardest, but it’s obvious that he has no taste or knack for it. Wars, intrigues, scandals, conspiracies, elections—the usual fabric of history is dreary in Durant’s hands. And unluckily for him, it’s impossible to tell the story of Rome without a considerable amount of political history. After all, Rome was amazing for its political organization, its legal system, its administrative framework, and its many conquests. Meanwhile, Durant—who would rather sing the praises of Virgil’s poetry than narrate a martial campaign—does his best to compress all this into as few pages as possible, freeing him to do what he does best: to describe the arts and the philosophies of the past.You can almost hear Durant breathe a sigh of relief whenever he ends a section on political history and switches to his mini-biographies of writers, poets, sculptors, and thinkers. The tone shifts from plain and rather abstract narration to vivid character studies and rousing literary praise. He is more interested in Cicero’s prose style than the battle tactics of the Roman legions; he is more inspired by great historians like Livy and Tacitus than actual history. It’s hard to blame Durant, since these individuals left behind the most pleasant remnants—bawdy poetry, fine sculpture, sublime philosophy, scathing speeches. Nevertheless, it does seem rather disproportionate to include so many pages on Lucan’s epigrams when you are trying to cover Roman history from the beginning of the Republic all the way to Constantine’s reign.To his credit, Durant offsets his focus on the intelligentsia with long and impressive sections on the life of the common people. There is one memorable section that details the types of commodities each province was known for producing, giving the reader an astonishing portrait of the vastness of the Empire and the huge variety of lifestyles contained therein. Durant shows us the common farmers and workers, their lifestyles hardly changing from generation to generation, selling the fruit of their labor to scrape by. Then we meet the merchants who transported these products from the provinces to the urban centers—using the famous Roman roads, which were plagued by robbers and cutthroats, despite the many soldiers on guard. Finally we see these luxury items reaching the major cities, to be purchased, collected, and consumed by the opulent rich.Given that these are Durant’s strengths, it’s no surprise that this volume isn’t as great its predecessor on Greece. The Greeks had a seemingly inexhaustible supply of high culture to fuel Durant’s pen. But Rome, which was in many ways culturally dependent on the Greeks, furnishes him with fewer great thinkers and writers, and a great deal more war. Perhaps Durant simply didn’t want to think about wars anymore—since the second World War was raging when he wrote this book—but I suspect that Durant was constitutionally incapable of appreciating the Machiavellian elements in history. Although I object to this from an academic viewpoint, personally I can't help appreciating that Durant focuses so much on the positive happenings of the past—our peaceful periods and our high achievements—rather than the endless parade of violence we so often find when we look backwards. Unlike most books about history, Durant's actually makes you more hopeful.I’d only like to add that Durant has the annoying habit of commenting on the physical appearance of every woman he introduces into the narrative. When a man enters the stage, Durant portrays his personal qualities; but when a woman is described, it is only her comeliness that is significant. I think this has more to do with Durant’s time period than any personal failing on his part. To the contrary, he goes to great lengths to describe the role that women played in history, and was a vocal supporter of women’s rights. So I think the modern reader must cut him some slack in this regard. Still, it’s always a bit shocking to find how offensive cultured, intelligent, and well-meaning men of the past sound today. It’s a perverse index of progress.
Caesar and Christ A History of Roman Civilization and of Caesar and Christ A History of Roman Civilization and of Christianity from Their Beginnings to A.D Story of Civilization Hardcover July , by Will Durant Author Caesar and Christ Story of Civilization, by Will Durant Caesar and Christ is the third volume of The Story of Civilization and covers the rise and fall of the Roman Empire Not as colorful and lively as the second volume The Life of Greece , but as thorough, informative and revealing. Caesar and Christ The Story of Civilization In Caesar and Christ, he traces the interweaving histories of Rome and Christianity But this is not just a narrative on the expansion of Roman borders It is the life of the people who lived in those times, and how the rise of empire altered the way people lived. Christ and Caesar A Response to John MacArthur The If Caesar seeks to prevent the Church gathering in any form, indefinitely, we must obey Christ rather than Caesar If Caesar bans the preaching of the Word and allows only a short list of state approved doctrines to be taught from the pulpit, we must obey Christ rather than Caesar If Caesar demands that we refuse to uphold basic natural and Caesar and Christ book by Will Durant ThriftBooks Mar , Far from being a piece of bone dry historiography, Caesar and Christ is a grand essay in the great tradition of Gibbon The elegance and wisdom of the writing are something to marvel at If you are interested in the Roman era, you will find Caesar and Christ to be enormously rewarding. Caesar and Christ Investigating Christianity In Aeneid , Jupiter foretells to Venus the deification and ascension of the Trojan hero Aeneas and of the future Julius Caesar p In Aeneid , the sacred images of the Trojan hearth Gods

  1. William James Durant was a prolific American writer, historian, and philosopher He is best known for the 11 volume The Story of Civilization, written in collaboration with his wife Ariel and published between 1935 and 1975 He was earlier noted for his book, The Story of Philosophy, written in 1926, which was considered a groundbreaking work that helped to popularize philosophy They were awarded the Pulitzer Prize for literature in 1967 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.

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  1. Having just read and loved Durant s Life of Greece I d decided to skip the first volume on Asia , I jumped right into the next installment but now, after finishing, my enthusiasm for this series has cooled a little The quality of this volume is similarly high, so perhaps the only reason I am less excited about this one is that I m used to Durant s writing by now But perhaps my gut is speaking truthfully, and this volume really is weaker.For me, Durant is at his worst when he is describing politi [...]



  2. Volume III, Caesar and Christ, of Durant s Story of Civilization is, as were Volumes I and II, another impressive feat Each volume suffers only, perhaps, from too much detail that can obscure his story and the lessons of history, although the mountain of information is good for those who want to dig into particular aspects of this historical period Durant said once that the best prediction of the future is the past That past, as this volume shows, is not pretty Caesar is a history of Rome, and t [...]



  3. So much info packed into this book it s amazing, it gave me a completely new perspective on Rome, what Rome did and how it progresses through it s existence Highly recommended for all.


  4. None of Durant s books are an easy read As one having a fairy extensive vocabulary, I am surprised about the number of times I needed to look up words e.g pusillanimous shy, timid, reserved All of his work is written at graduate level, with the this, Caesar and Christ , being the smallest of his offerings 672 pages sans notes I heartily endorse this book for those who love history If not, they would be better off with Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys This work is very time absorbing, for me at least [...]


  5. Not much Christ in here not much Caesar, either, in comparison to the whole sweep of Roman history Durant covers Rome s thought, arts, politics, wars, and people from its early days as a subject of Latin Italy to the rise of Constantine in the third century He does so in an earnest, humane, and often poetic voice You will learn a ton here, and you will have fun learning it.Durant still has his problems Though his Catholic intuition of fallen human nature restrains him from the fellow traveller e [...]


  6. I have completed another milestone in my autodidact study of history Caesar and Christ, which I have been reading off and on for three years, is quite a bit about Caesar and Rome than it is about Jesus Christ and the beginnings of Christianity but there is good reason for that.Early on in this volume on page 56 Durant lays out his thesis for the book The evolution of customs, morals, and ideas produced in one age the Stoic Cato, in a later age the Epicurean Nero, and at last transformed the Rom [...]


  7. I purchased the Story of Civilization series from The Book of the Month Club, their come on deal, while living at seminary in Manhattan Twelve years later I finally got around to reading them, mostly as bedtime books over the course of several months As a whole, the work is excellent, its weakest element being the first, and oldest, volume on our Oriental heritage Other than this, the rest of the series doesn t pretend to display anything but a western perspective.Caesar and Christ was, for me, [...]


  8. Durant never fails to amaze me with his historical accounts and superb use of language.I wish he elaborated on the invasion of Rome by thr Visgoths and the Vandals Duranta argues that Zenobia was led in gold chains to Aurelian in Roma, while other historians claimed she commited suicide with dignity.


  9. I bought his entire set at a used book sale, sans the last volume which had not yet been read and I m making my way through them I love Durant s style of writing, which is this wonderful combination of academic and witty It s sometimes like being a cocktail party with a really smart professor of history who tells great stories, but is also full of amazing pithy bits of wisdom that you want to remember forever, or maybe even make a poster out of it Life s final tragedy is unwilling continuance to [...]


  10. Durant follows The Life of Greece with this history of ancient Rome I am again struck that one man can write with such a combination of charm, enthusiasm, and erudition He also has a sense of humor the chapter titled Roman Law has an asterisk in the heading and a footnote that warns This chapter will be of no use to lawyers, and of no interest to others.



  11. I spent a long time reading this book Its kinda like a fruitcake, very rich, dense, and requires a certain appetite Extremely detailed view of the roman empire.


  12. I am in love with the verse and construct of Durant How enchanting the history sounds under the touch of his pen He proves that history is not only a description of motley of wars, conquest, killings and human destitute, but also beauty of life, art, literature, lifestyle and just a mere being 8 books to go, 8 huge books, but I am full of passion and enthusiasm You are my author Mr Durant CHAPTER XXVBetween Pontus and the Caucasus rose the troubled mountains of Armenia, on whose crest, story tol [...]


  13. it became one of my favorite books too much information to go throughr me the best chapters and parts are the connection of east and westand rule of Egypt and Syria in the Empire.Ceaser s War, Judea under the Empire and the Christ.


  14. I like the structure of the book because it gave me a sense for how this story began and developed, and I like how the histories of the individuals blend with the histories of the events A great and interesting read.





  15. Caesar and Christ is the third volume of 11 in Durant s History of Western Civilization The scope of the book is vast spanning from the founding of Rome in 753 BC to the fall of the Roman Empire in 476 AD While the book is than 750 pages long this is less than a page per year to describe a period of staggering social, cultural, and political change in which contemporaneous accounts are sparse and riddled with biases For me, the measure of this volume is that Durant s account is accessible and p [...]


  16. Like Volume 2 on Greece, this work on the Roman Empire despite the title, the addendum on the nascent years of Christianity is than overwhelmed by the dominant impressions of its pagan predecessors and contemporaries truly encompasses so much magnificent accomplishment as to render it incapable of simple description From the early Etruscans through the days of the Republic of Sulla and Marius, passing to the civil wars of Caesar, Anthony and Pompey to the golden age of Augustus and then through [...]


  17. Caesar and Christ is the third volume of Will Durant s Story of Civilization series and the first volume of this series I ve read It s not necessarily an easy read My volume stretches to about 700 pages of fairly tiny print The title is a bit misleading, as easily 85% of the book is about Rome while only the last portion discusses Christ and how the Christian religion conquered Rome Durant tends to focus on a single topic in each chapter and goes far beyond discussing the pivotal characters and [...]


  18. Last year was the Greek year p this time it s the Roman Empire, The Republic.Although this was Caesar and Christ we spent almost all the time with the Romans, till we see Christ in the finale 5 chapters of the 30 chapters book.We begin from the origins of the Empire, the first steps in Italy Hannibal, the lion of CarthageThe Senate, the Imperators, the dictatorsWe see Spartacus his revolt and fall Pompey.Julius Caesar Veni, vidi, vici I came, I saw, I conquered the betrayal, but again with all t [...]


  19. In third volume of what must be called a masterpiece, Will Durant tackles history of Rome from the time of early republic to the reign of Constantine To do this in just over 700 pages in a coherent and readable manner is no small task, but the author manages to tackle that task quite effortlessly and with the literary grace one would expect after the first two volumes in History of civilization.The book follows the pattern established in previous volumes The author uses most of available space f [...]


  20. A brilliant, but flawed look at Rome.Durant, in the epilogue of this book, sums up the sum of his prejudices To him Rome was a manly and stoic society that was damaged by letting itself to be diluted by the Barbarians and the oriental blood Basically he parrots so much regurgitated garbage of conservatism of the likes of Cato that to this day ails the Western world Never mind that the same cultural diversity was the bloodline that supported the longevity of Rome through than five centuries Dura [...]


  21. Another big doorstopper from the Durants Despite the title, it s mainly about the story of Rome, with the rise of Christianity something of a grace note which enters as the empire crumbles, rotted from within and looted from without Durant notes that the central question historians always ask about Rome is why it fell, but in fact a better question might be how it lasted so long in the first place He has the long view of history, seeing Spenglerian cycles of rise and fall, from Stoic beginnings [...]


  22. Durant just keeps getting better as he works through history This is the last volume I read when I was in high school, and I was surprised about how much stuck with me But I didn t read it all then This time I finished it The part I found most interesting was the last section about the triumph of Christianity The early development of the Catholic church is quite interesting Although Durant was a Catholic he manages to give the reader a balanced view of the time I particularly enjoyed his evaluat [...]


  23. The principle of democracy is freedom, the principle of war is discipline each requires the absence of the other This is the Third Volume in Durant s History of Civilization theory I found it very interesting, especially about women in Rome and some of the strange leaders the people of Rome followed I have heard the United States compared to Rome and warned that just like Rome we will fall because of not being able to see the corruption of the laws That may all be true, but I also found much to [...]


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