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message 1: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (last edited Mar 07, 2010 11:26PM) (new)

Bentley | 26485 comments For those of you who would like to sample The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Gibbon, here is the Project Gutenberg's version:

http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/731

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon Edward GibbonEdward Gibbon


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Bentley | 26485 comments Everyone,

When we complete The First World War by Keegan:

The First World War by John KeeganJohn Keegan

we will be moving on to our next spotlighted book which is The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Volume I - Penguin Classics Edition - Unabridged.

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1 by Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon

However, we are only doing the first volume of the six volume work. We will be doing what Gibbon called Volume the First - 1776. We will be doing the volume that was published first in 1776.

This volume contains sixteen chapters:

The Antonines

1. The Age
2. Prosperity
3. Constitution
4. AD 180-193
5. AD 193-197
6. AD 208-235
7. AD 235-248
8. Persia
9. Germany
10.AD 248-260
11.AD 268-275
12.AD 275-285
13.AD 285-313
14.AD 305-324

Christianity
15. Progress
16. Official Reaction

WHY AM I PUTTING THIS NOTICE UP SO EARLY?

a) There appears to be a lot of confusion regarding the various abridgements, unabridgements and the like that are floating around. Some of these are frankly very expensive. If you are fortunate enough to have an old six volume set that you have inherited from your family or you acquired in a second hand book store you are mighty fortunate.

b) We are not going to use any abridged version. That defeats the purpose of what we are trying to accomplish. We are completing only Volume the First out of Six - the first sixteen chapters which make up Volume the First. Even by simply only covering this Volume the First published in 1776 - that amounts to approximately 582 pages including the Preface, Introduction and the like.

c) Do not become confused and obtain an abridged version. Therefore, I am posting early the edition that we will be using here.

It is published by Penguin Classics - On the front cover is a detail of a battle scene from a Roman sarcophagus, called the Ludovisi sarcophagus (3rd century AD), in the Museo Nazionale Palazza Altemps, Rome

It states also on the front cover - Penguin Classics on a white banner background with the battle scene in the foreground. The title is at the bottom with the author's name in orange type - Edward Gibbon and below that the title as follows: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1 - This is deceiving because this is really an unabridged volume which contains actually Volume the First published in 1776 and Volume the Second published in 1781.

The spine reads Gibbon in orange type followed by the title The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I - Penguin Classics

It is edited by David Womersley.

I got my copy "finally" at Borders for $24.95. Do not be confused and buy the cheaper version which is abridged and costs $16.00. Believe me it is easy to get confused because if you view these on line...many of them are deceptive and do not readily tell you that they are abridged (you do not want these).

The ISBN number of the volume you want is the following:

ISBN 9780140433937

Here is the write-up:

http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/Bo...



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Bentley | 26485 comments ABOUT VOLUME I - THE FIRST:

VOLUME I

It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind,' recorded Edward Gibbon with characteristic exactitude. Over a period of some twenty years, the luminous eighteenth-century historian--a precise, dapper, idiosyncratic little gentleman famous for rapping his snuff-box--devoted his considerable genius to writing an epic chronicle of the entire Roman Empire's decline. His single flash of inspiration produced what is arguably the greatest historical work in any language--and surely the most magnificent narrative history ever written in English. 'Gibbon is one of those few who hold as high a place in the history of literature as in the roll of great historians,' noted Professor J.B. Bury, his most celebrated editor.

http://infao5501.ag5.mpi-sb.mpg.de:80...


message 4: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 26485 comments In the Penguin Classics editions; it appears in their Volume I, they have Volume the First (1776) and Volume the Second (1781).

This Edition is called Volume I and the ISBN number is ISBN 9780140433937

Here is the edition:

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1 by Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon

The next two volumes Volume the Third and Volume the Fourth are in the Volume 2 Penguin Classic Editon: (we will not be reading this segment as a book club discussion this time); but here is the link -

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon

The last two volumes Volume the Fifth and Volume the Sixth are in the Volume 3 Penguin Classic Edition (we will not be reading this segment as a book club discussion this time); but here is the link -

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire  Vol 3 by Edward Gibbon Edward Gibbon

The cover on the one I saw is not the above but the ISBN number is the same: here is the link from Penguin (it has the same cover as the other two but it has Volume 3 on its spine, it is the same price $24.95):

http://us.penguingroup.com/nf/Book/Bo...


message 5: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 26485 comments You can also acquire the text free (and audio), here are some of the links:

PROJECT GUTENBERG:

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/autho...

THE ONLINE LIBRARY OF LIBERTY (THE ONE EDITED BY John Bagnell Bury - very well respected)

http://oll.libertyfund.org/index.php?...

CHRISTIAN CLASSICS:

http://www.ccel.org/ccel/gibbon/decli...

LIBRIVOX - AUDIO:

http://librivox.org/newcatalog/search...


message 6: by Bentley, Group Founder, Leader, Chief (new)

Bentley | 26485 comments This Volume (Volume the First only) will take us sixteen weeks. The chapters are dense. I would rather cover less, cover it well and not lose anybody along the way. We will only cover one chapter per week.

If you ever wanted to begin reading Gibbon, this is your chance.


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Bentley | 26485 comments The start date for this book discussion will be May 10th, 2010.

Start:
May 10th

End:
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