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Edward Gibbon

Geburtstag: 27. April 1737
Todesdatum: 16. Januar 1794
Andere Namen: Эдвард Гиббон, एडवार्ड गिबन, ಗಿಬ್ಬನ್, ಎಡ್ವರ್ಡ್

Edward Gibbon war ein britischer Historiker in der Zeit der Aufklärung. Sein Hauptwerk ist The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Wikipedia

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„Der Theologe kann der angenehmen Aufgabe frönen, die Religion zu beschreiben, wie sie in ihre ursprüngliche Reinheit bekleidet, vom Himmel herunterkam. Dem Historiker wird aber eine leidigere Aufgabe aufgezwungen. Er muss die unvermeidliche Mischung von Mängeln und Korruption entdecken, die sich während eines langen Aufenthalts auf der Erde, bei einer schwachen und entarteten Rasse von Wesen, eingesammelt hat.“

—  Edward Gibbon

aus Geschichte des Verfalls und Untergangs des Römischen Reiches, Übersetzung: Nino Barbieri
Original engl.: " The theologian may indulge the pleasing task of describing Religion as she descended from Heaven, arrayed in her native purity. A more melancholy duty is imposed on the historian. He must discover the inevitable mixture of error and corruption which she contracted in a long residence upon earth, among a weak and degenerate race of beings." - "The decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", chap. XV http://books.google.de/books?id=PrwWAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA450&dq=theologian

„Die Geschichte ist nicht viel mehr als eine Aufzählung der Verbrechen, Narrheiten und Unglücksfälle der Menschheit.“

—  Edward Gibbon

Geschichte des Verfalls und Untergangs des Römischen Reiches
"Antoninus diffused order and tranquillity over the greatest part of the earth. His reign is marked by the rare advantage of furnishing very few materials for history; which is, indeed, little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind." - "The decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", chap. III ccel.org http://www.ccel.org/g/gibbon/decline/volume1/chap3.htm

„Wind und Wellen sind immer auf der Seite des besseren Seefahrers.“

—  Edward Gibbon

Geschichte des Verfalls und Untergang des Römischen Reiches
"the winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators." - "The decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", chap. LXVIII ccel.org http://www.ccel.org/g/gibbon/decline/volume2/chap68.htm

„The winds and waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.“

—  Edward Gibbon

Vol. 1, Chap. 68. Compare: "On dit que Dieu est toujours pour les gros bataillons" (translated: "It is said that God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions"), Voltaire, Letter to M. le Riche. 1770; "J'ai toujours vu Dieu du coté des gros bataillons (translated: "I have always noticed that God is on the side of the heaviest battalions"), De la Ferté to Anne of Austria.
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: Volume 1 (1776)

„The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true; by the philosopher as equally false; and by the magistrate as equally useful.“

—  Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Volume 1, Chapter 2 "Of the Union and Internal Prosperity of the Roman Empire, in the Age of the Antonines" http://www.ccel.org/ccel/gibbon/decline/files/volume1/chap2.htm. The portion regarding the views of the religions of the time taken by various constituencies has been misreported as Gibbon's own assessment of religion generally. See Paul F. Boller, John George, They Never Said It: A Book of Fake Quotes, Misquotes, and Misleading Attributions (1990), pp. 34–35.
The bold text has been misattributed to Lucretius and Seneca the Younger.
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire (1776)
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Kontext: The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.
Kontext: The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects. The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the Roman world, were all considered by the people, as equally true; by the philosopher, as equally false; and by the magistrate, as equally useful. And thus toleration produced not only mutual indulgence, but even religious concord.
The superstition of the people was not embittered by any mixture of theological rancour; nor was it confined by the chains of any speculative system. The devout polytheist, though fondly attached to his national rites, admitted with implicit faith the different religions of the earth. Fear, gratitude, and curiosity, a dream or an omen, a singular disorder, or a distant journey, perpetually disposed him to multiply the articles of his belief, and to enlarge the list of his protectors. The thin texture of the Pagan mythology was interwoven with various but not discordant materials.

„Revenge is profitable, gratitude is expensive.“

—  Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Vol. 1, Chap. 11.
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: Volume 1 (1776)
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„War, in its fairest form, implies a perpetual violation of humanity and justice.“

—  Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Quelle: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

„In a distant age and climate the tragic scene of the death of Hussyn will awaken the sympathy of the coldest reader.“

—  Edward Gibbon

Vol. 5, pages:391–392.
The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire: Volume 1 (1776)

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