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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Vols. 1-4

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Hardcover, Sixteenth printing 2006, 1429 pages
Published 1995 by The Folio Society
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Matt
Jul 05, 2014 Matt rated it it was amazing
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
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This is half of the series, it mixes the eastern and western empires jumping back and forward between them as they intersect. It bored me a little when it got into the religious side of things, a subject i have zero interest in. These 4 volumes are neatly concluded with the complete destruction of the western empire. The following 4 volumes will detail the similar fate of the eastern empire. It is still amazing the breadth of these two empires, and just how long they endured compared to any othe ...more
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Apr 16, 2014 Luiz Daniel rated it really liked it
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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Katherine Jensen
May 27, 2012 Katherine Jensen rated it it was amazing
Another book to help one fall asleep.

I finished reading volume 1 on March 21, 2012; volume 2 on September 13, 2012; volume 3, February 3, 2013; volume 4, August 31, 2013; volume 5, June 1, 2014 and volume 6, April 13, 2015. iBook.
Michael Weber
Interesting, a bit wordy that was to be expected.
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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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