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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6 vols

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The complete 6-volume work, which covers from the reign of Marcus Aurelius to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. According to Wikipedia: "Edward Gibbon (1737 ? 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 History is known pr ...more
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Hadrian
Truly grand in scope, in subject matter, in style. Some conclusions/sources are out of date, but it is still a joy to read.
Jesse
Gibbon is sensible of the finest Enlightenment truisms - that fear is the guardian of authority in government, and that rational persuasion is the guardian of freedom in society; that war is robbery, and wealth a distortion of the public weal; that democracy is the life of society, and monarchy its death; and that a copious prose style with cadences often involving parallel homonyms with insightfully paired subject matters is the stuff of good English prose (indeed, his English prose is, I belie ...more
John P
Exquisitely written, extensively researched, this work provides a detailed look at the people, places, and politics during the final centiries of the Roman empire.

There is no question of Gibbons mastery of English prose. However, the style is dated and, while it is surely elegant, is is difficult to follow, especially for someone used to modern English and educated in public schools.

Sentences are complex and certain words are, by modern standards, uncommon; others are wholly unknown to me, requ
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Chip Cocks
I am not that educated about the time period but what I do know leads me to believe that Gibbon allowed his personal views to bias his writing. I look forward to reading more as I attempt to validate my suspicion.
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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.

Gibbon returned to England
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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume III The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 1-3: Volumes 1, 2, 3 The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume II

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