The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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An abridged edition of Edward Gibbon's THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, which compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into a single epic narrative.

Famously sceptical about Christianity, unexpectedly sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, constantly aware of how political leaders often achieve the exact opposite of what they intend, Gibbon was both alert to the broad pattern of events and the significant revealing detail. Attacked for its enlightened views on politics, sexuality and religion, the first volume was none the less soon to be found 'on every table' and was widely acclaimed for the elegance of its prose. Gripping, powerfully intelligent and wonderfully entertaining, THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age.
Publisher: London : Phoenix, 2005.
Edition: Abridged edition.
ISBN: 9780753818817
0753818817
Branch Call Number: 937.06 G352DF
Characteristics: ix, 679 pages, 10 unnumbered pages of plates, 13 unnumbered leaves of plates, : illustrations, portraits ; 20 cm

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Aaron_McGuire Jun 24, 2011

Not sure about this particular edition (there's a few different abridgements out there) but this book is definitely worth a read. It's huge, yes, and it might take you a few months to get through it. Still, its scope and insight into this time period really gives a great background on a wide variety of events important to European, Asian and African history.

And if you're really into the history and scholarship of this period, Gibbons' book is a nice place to start from or to refer to when debating various interpretations.

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