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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, vol. 4-6: Volumes 4, 5, and 6 (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire #2)

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Volumes 4, 5, and 6 of the Bury Text, in a boxed set. Introduction by Hugh Trevor-Roper
Hardcover, 1903 pages
Published November 1st 1994 by Everyman's Library
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Oct 24, 2007 Eric marked it as to-read
Last year I read about 1/3 of the total bulk. I need to hew off another chunk. This morning I've been worshipping a first edition, and it is probably the most beautiful book I've ever handled (Hume likened Strahan, his own and Gibbon's publisher, to learned printers of the Renaissance like Manutius), the perfect form in which to read him (a substantial quarto with expanses of white space, and huge Baskerville type channeling the elegance of Grandjean's Imprimerie Royale). When it comes to Gibbon ...more
The weakest half, but still amazing. Volumes 1 - 6 = 3585 pages, and I can't think of more than 200 that I would have preferred to have skipped. There was some drudgery with the minor, post Constantine emperors. I was also not as excited by the HRE sections as I was by the sections on the Rise of Islam, the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, and the Crusades. Those sections alone are why I rated the second half 5 stars and not 4. Anyway, a fantastic read. Ironic to finish it right after S&P lowers ...more
and now we're off the rails. second half of this text is all over the place, which lengthy entries on various non-roman groups in the era when the 'roman' world is constricted to the eastern empire alone, which ran down to the nub in the early 13th century, puffed up again, and then died in a blaze of glory when the city of men's desires succumbed to its (approximately) 200th siege by surly nomadic pastoralists.
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This is worth reading just for the sheer scope. I enjoy that all his references are in the original languages. The man was some kind of savant.
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A true masterpiece written by the famous British historian.
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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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