By Christine Kinealy
A concise, lucid and nuanced method of Ireland's complicated and interesting background.
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D. z84 (New Haven. • 1974); R. A. Markus. Christiatlity in the Roman World (London. 1974); Robert Murray. Symbols of Church and Kingdom: A Study ill the Early Syriac Tradition (Cambridge. 1975); Michael Grant, The Fall of the Romall Empire: A Reappraisal (Annenberg School Press, 1976). 50 IN GIBBON'S SHADE mafon aussi bien que celui d'Architecte. j'espere pouvoir tirer quelque chose de ceUe espece de recensement' 4 • • • and then decided that it was not worth using in the Decline and Fall. Gibbon would have passed by Professor MacMullen's book.
The resultant portrait of Cyrus in the Essai sur la monarchie des Medes 12 is a triumph of binocular vision. It was the fruit of an intimate knowledge of two millennia of empire-building in the Near East. We are dealing, 11. DF, chap. 10, p. 256. 12. E. Gibbon, 'Essai sur la monarchie des Medes', Collected Works, III, 132fT. 26 GIBBON'S VIEWS therefore, with a historian who treads with certainty and clear eyes on any ground where any empire has risen and declined in the Eurasian landmass. ' 13 We know that we are due for yet another majestic unfolding of the decline of the Empire.
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A New History of Ireland by Christine Kinealy