The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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By (author) Edward Gibbon, Edited by David Womersley, Abridged by David Womersley, Introduction by David Womersley

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  • Format: Paperback | 848 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 196mm x 44mm | 580g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0140437649
  • ISBN 13: 9780140437645
  • Edition: Abridged
  • Edition statement: Abridged
  • Illustrations note: notes, bibliog
  • Sales rank: 29,718

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Spanning thirteen centuries from the age of Trajan to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks, "Decline & Fall" is one of the greatest narratives in European Literature. David Womersley's masterly selection and bridging commentary enables the reader to acquire a general sense of the progress and argument of the whole work and displays the full variety of Gibbon's achievement.

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Author information

Edward Gibbon (1737-94) studied briefly at Magdalen College, Oxford and at Lausanne, Switzerland before being elected to Parliament in 1774. DECLINE & FALL was written over 12 years and established his reputation as a pre-eminent Classical historian. David Womersley, Official Fellow and Tutor in English Literature at Jesus College Oxford, is the author of The Transformation of the Decline & Fall of the Roman Empire (CUP) and edited the 3-volume edition of DECLINE & FALL for Penguin Classics.

Table of contents

Abridged with a New Introduction and Notes by David Womersley Abbreviations Introduction Selected Further Reading A Note on the Text Chronology Gibbon's Prefaces Chapter I Chapter II Chapter III [Chapters IV-VI] Chapter VII [Chapters VIII-XIV] Chapter XV [Chapters XVI-XXI] Chapter XXII Chapter XXIII Chapter XXIV [Chapters XXV-XXVII] Chapter XXVIII [Chapters XXIX-XXXIII] Chapter XXXIV Chapter XXXV [Chapters XXXVI-XXXVIII] General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West [Chapter XXXIX] Chapter XL Chapter XLI [Chapters XLII-XLIX] Chapter L [Chapters LI-LIII] Chapter LIV [Chapters LV-LXVII] Chapter LXVIII [Chapters LXIX-LXX] Chapter LXXI Biographica