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Hardcover, Sixteenth printing 2006, 1429 pages
Published 1995 by The Folio Society
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Matt
Rome falling is more interesting to Gibbon than Rome rising. Not in some shandenfreude sense, just objectively. Plus, whether intentional or not, he is building upon the classical historians before him. Specifically, I'm thinking of Tacitus who, between his Histories and Annals, covered from the ascension of Augustus to the death of Domitan in 96 A.D. So, after a brief summary of Roman development, Gibbon begins Volume 1 with the Emperor Nerva in 96 A.D. It also marks, for Gibbon, the start of a ...more
James
One book down seven more to go. I have always been interested in history especially the history of Rome and Egypt, so when I was able to get the Edward Gibbon’s eight volume set of "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire", I jumped on it. I purchased the Folio Society version which is bound in a nice sturdy cover that appears almost like marble with an interesting gold design around the front, the text is clear and is printed on a slightly heavy stock paper with is a nice touch, there are some ...more
Luiz Daniel
Took me 5 years, but I finally did it! Difficult at times, thrilling at others, never superficial, always enriching. Of course, the long time is mostly my fault as I read many other books in parallel. Stopped, started it again... Many times.

The book was for me a long date, almost a wedding. Sometimes I almost thought I would give it up, but I endured and oh, it was well worth it! I know the more modern historians at times hate this book, consider its thesis outdated, but for an amateur like me,
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Emmett J.
Bear in mind, this is only half the set. I will read the next four volumes when I feel sufficiently graced with time and inclination.
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Edward Gibbon (8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.

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