The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire : v. 1 Paperback
Edited by David Womersley
Edward Gibbon's six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature.
Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries - its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse.
Here, in volumes one and two, Gibbon charts the vast extent and constitution of the Empire from the reign of Augustus to 395 ad. And in a controversial critique, he examines the early Church, with fascinating accounts of the first Christian and last pagan emperors, Constantine and Julian.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 1232 pages, facsim.
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/03/1996
- Category: European history
- ISBN: 9780140433937
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Review by Smiley
Outstanding! Beware the reader will be captivated from the first paragraph.Gibbon's style is so wonderful and his knowledge so easy that one can forget to question some of his opinions and conclusions. Being written in the 18th century, Gibbon gives you his view of matters on the page. While his use of footnotes is eccentric @ best, he does make good use of primary material and the reader will want a pen @ hand to underline scores of passages.