The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

by Edward Gibbon, David Womersley

Part of the The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Series

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Synopsis

Edward Gibbon's six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries - its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse. Here, in volumes one and two, Gibbon charts the vast extent and constitution of the Empire from the reign of Augustus to 395 ad. And in a controversial critique, he examines the early Church, with fascinating accounts of the first Christian and last pagan emperors, Constantine and Julian.

Book Information

ISBN: 9780140433937
Publication date: 7th March 1996
Author: Edward Gibbon, David Womersley
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 1232 pages
Categories: European history, Ancient history: to c 500 CE,

About Edward Gibbon, David Womersley

Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), English historian. It was on a visit to Rome that he conceived the idea of his magnificent and panoramic history The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 vol., 1776-88) which won immediate acclaim, despite some harsh criticism. Gibbon himself was assured of the greatness of his work, which is, indeed, one of the most-read historical works of modern times.

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