History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

By Edward Gibbon

  • Release Date: 1776-01-01
  • Genre: Ancient
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The great work of Gibbon is indispensable to the student of history. The literature of Europe offers no substitute for The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It has obtained undisputed possession, as rightful occupant, of the vast period which it comprehends. However some subjects, which it embraces, may have undergone more complete investigation, on the general view of the whole period, this history is the sole undisputed authority to which all defer, and from which few appeal to the original writers, or to more modern compilers.

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  • Epic 18th century history

    5
    By R-Bee
    The first of Gibbon's six volumes is in short a joy for anyone with an appetite for Roman history. However, let it be known that this work is dense, aiming at a comprehensive picture of the decline and eventual collapse of the Roman Empire; not to be read on a mere whim. And yet Gibbon's style, though somewhat out of fashion, has a very real charm. Gibbon's skill is to reflect, to the reader, a dense and complex subject with breathtaking clarity and wit.

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