The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Paperback
Part of the Wordsworth Classics of World Literature series
Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published between 1776 and 1788, is the undisputed masterpiece of English historical writing which can only perish with the language itself.
Its length alone is a measure of its monumental quality: seventy-one chapters, of which twenty-eight appear in full in this edition.
With style, learning and wit, Gibbon takes the reader through the history of Europe from the second century AD to the fall of Constantinople in 1453 - an enthralling account by 'the greatest of the historians of the Enlightenment'.
This edition includes Gibbon's footnotes and quotations, here translated for the first time, together with brief explanatory comments, a precis of the chapters not included, 16 maps, a glossary, and a list of emperors.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1088 pages, 26 maps, glossary
- Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd
- Publication Date: 24/09/1997
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9781853264993
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Review by philae_02
Gibbon's work, although very lengthy, is very relevant to the study of the Roman Empire. He looks primarily as to why it failed to continue over the centuries -- thus the title. But it really is worth the time reading. Any historian, whether a novice or a decorated professor, can tell you the value of this work.