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Readings From Gibbon: The Death Of Jovian & Elevation Of Valentinian

Readings From Gibbon: The Death Of Jovian & Elevation Of Valentinian

Jovian, the successor of Julian, was a short-lived and inglorious emperor who reestablished Christianity and exchanged land for peace (when decisive action may have saved the army without the need for a treaty). Jovian withdrew from the five Roman provinces east of the Tigris, which had been conquered by Galerius in 298 and gave up the fortresses of Nisibis, Castra Maurorum and Singara to the Persians. As Gibbon writes, in chapter 24 (the recording of which was unfortunately erased before…

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Readings from Gibbon: The Death Of Julian The Apostate

Readings from Gibbon: The Death Of Julian The Apostate

In this reading, Julian the Apostate crosses the Tigris, then burns his boats and marches deep into enemy territory. The Persians fall back, scorching the earth as they flee before the forces of Julian. The Roman army soon runs short of food and supplies and are misled by the treachery of their guide. Julian realizes that in order to save his army he must turn around and head back to the Tigris. As the Romans retreat they are harried by…

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Readings from Gibbon: Julian the Apostate Invades Persia

Readings from Gibbon: Julian the Apostate Invades Persia

Here is the first of what I hope will be a series of recordings from Sir Edward Gibbon‘s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which I have been reading over the last couple of years with my private student, Dr M, as part of our “History in English” class. We have reached the XXIVth chapter. Julian the Apostate is now emperor and has embarked on the invasion of Persia. In this extract, we follow the progress of the Roman…

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Thursday 13th September: One Man Show!

Thursday 13th September: One Man Show!

Tonight’s mahjong session at the Docs’ turned into a one-man show in the second and third games as Dr M Sr went on a winning spree mostly at the expense of Mrs M. The Junior Doc and myself were ducking and weaving on the ropes and only suffered minor defeat on points, but Mrs M hit the canvas under a succession of mighty blows and was out for the count. The game started off more sedately, with the Oya moving…

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Thursday 12th July: The Conquests of Trajan and his Column.

Thursday 12th July: The Conquests of Trajan and his Column.

Having recently expanded the realms of his empire by ravaging the regions of Dacia well beyond the limits set by his previous advance up the Grand Accumulated 3-Player Mahjong Results Table early in the spring, Emperor Traianus Davidus set out in the footsteps of the ancient poet, Bassho, on a second exhibition against one of the tribes of the east which shelter behind the broad islands over against southernmost tributary of the Great River Mogamus. That river is noted for…

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Edward Gibbon and The Decline and Fall of the ‘Mangan’ Empire

Edward Gibbon and The Decline and Fall of the ‘Mangan’ Empire

The good Doctor’s observation that the expansion of fortune in the three player version of mahjong will be checked by the decline of prowess in the traditional four player game (or vice-versa) continues to be born out by experience; the Poor Little Cypriot is currently at the top of his game in the three-player stakes, but performing with less success in the more sedate arena of the monthly four-player game at the home of the parents of the good Doctor….

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