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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Edward Gibbon, Hugh Trevor-Roper

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Prose: non-fiction, History

An abridged edition of Edward Gibbon s THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into a single epic narrative.

Famously sceptical about Christianity, unexpectedly sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, constantly aware of how political leaders often achieve the exact opposite of what they intend, Gibbon was both alert to the broad pattern of events and the significant revealing detail. Attacked for its enlightened views on politics, sexuality and religion, the first volume was none the less soon to be found 'on every table' and was widely acclaimed for the elegance of its prose. Gripping, powerfully intelligent and wonderfully entertaining, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age.

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Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon (1737-94) studied briefly at Magdalen College, Oxford and at Lausanne, Switzerland before being elected to Parliament in 1774. His most influential work, THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.

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