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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. IV

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is Edward Gibbon's magnum opus, written and published over a 13-year period beginning in 1776. It not only chronicles the events of the downfall starting with the end of the rule of Marcus Aurelius, but proposes a theory as to why Rome collapsed: the populace, Gibbon theorizes, lost its moral fortitude, its militarist ...more
Paperback, 564 pages
Published July 1st 2008 by Cosimo Classics (first published 1788)
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David
Of all the volumes I've read so far, this is the one I found most difficult to read, partly from the fact that Byzantine history just doesn't appeal to me as much as the Western Roman Empire but also partly because Gibbon clearly doesn't like it either. The difference between him and me is that I don't mean that its not a worthwhile interest.Gibbon makes it quite plain in the last section of the volume that he only carried on his history past the 5th century to highlight how the decline of Byzan ...more
Seth Holler
Like the author, we lose ourselves in the romance of the wars of Belisarius.
Carlos Burga
Continuing the story after the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Gibbon takes the opportunity to take the reader through the aftermath of fall of the western empire in Italy and the other regions of the western empire. Using the same powerfully descriptive style, Gibbon is able to give the reader a detailed, although not overwhelming, breakdown of the “barbarian” tribes that take over Italy, Gaul and Spain. This brief overview helped to dissuade some of the erroneous perceptions that some reader ...more
Phil Barker
Julian the apostate, division of the empire, Persians, Huns and Goths. It's not going well.

There's a lot I like. For example the wit. There's a description of one of Julian's military campaigns into Germany which ends with "After he had given peace to the Barbarians,.." And my favourite: a temple had been burnt down after some protests by Christians (Galilaeans) who claimed divine intercession "Julian was reduced to the alternative of believing either a crime or a miracle, he chose, without hesi
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M Pereira
I quite liked the byzantine insight
Scott Harris
From Justinian to the Greek emperors, this is a dense book that ranges in depth and span. Gibbon's coverage of this topic is thorough for his age and, though it betrays his historical and social biases, it is nevertheless a rigourous study of the times.
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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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