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Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The - Volume I
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The - Volume I
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The - Volume I
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Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The - Volume I

Written by Edward Gibbon

Narrated by David Timson

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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has always maintained its initial appeal to both the general public and scholars of subsequent ages. The sheer scale of the subject is daunting, encompassing a millennium and a half of history, covering not merely the Western Roman Empire from the days of the early emperors to its extinction in A.D. 476, but also the Eastern (Byzantine) Empire, which lasted for another thousand years until it was vanquished by the Turks in 1453. But Gibbon’s style, part historical scholar, part sensational story-teller, part historical fact and part literature, is enticing, and the sheer honesty of the man, who, writing in the age of reason, endeavours to be scrupulously impartial in his presentation, endears him to the reader. It is meticulously planned, and charts the fall and rise of Western mankind from the dust of the Empire into the modern nations of Europe.
The work consists of 71 chapters, 2,136 paragraphs, some one million and a half words, and close to 8,000 footnotes: a magnum opus indeed by anyone’s standards.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateDec 1, 2013
ISBN9781843797210
Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, The - Volume I
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Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon; (8 May – 16 January 1794) was an English historian, writer 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 and is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion. (Wikipedia)

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Surprisingly good. I say surprising because of the age of the book and its length. I suspect it would have been a ponderous read but was a very good audio book. On to volume ii
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    It is easy to understand why these 6 books are the inspiration of so many in so many ways throughout the times. The author gives a vivid encounter of those times, of the people and their actions, but at the same time his interest is for the History and not the person. I’m going through with book 2!
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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    Gibbon's wry sense of humor should be noted in addition to the many superlatives which he richly deserves.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    A classic of historical literature, in two volumes. The author details the history to the fall in the first volume, and the byzantine period in the second volume.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    A classic of historical literature, in two volumes. The author details the history to the fall in the first volume, and the byzantine period in the second volume.

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
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    My interest in this six volume history by Gibbons is NOT the Roman Empire, but the history of the rise of the Christian church. Unfortunately, he begins with circa 150 C. E. on page 504 of this volume, and many of his "pronouncements of fact" are qualified by annotator Milman. A nice set in need of minor repairs (mostly spine backing replacement).

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