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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: v. 2

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: v. 2

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By (author) Edward Gibbon, Edited by David Womersley

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 1024 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 196mm x 42mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 1 August 1996
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140433945
  • ISBN 13: 9780140433944
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Sales rank: 100,439

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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 three and four, Gibbon vividly recounts the waves of barbarian invaders under commanders such as Alaric and Attila, who overran and eventually destroyed the West. He then turns his gaze to events in the East, where even the achievements of the Byzantine emperor Justinian and the campaigns of the brilliant military leader Belisarius could not conceal the fundamental weaknesses of their empire.

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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.