The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Paperback Penguin Classics

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

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • 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: 50,124

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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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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.