The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Edited in Seven Volumes with Introduction, Notes, Appendices, and Index

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: Edited in Seven Volumes with Introduction, Notes, Appendices, and Index

Paperback Cambridge Library Collection - Classics

By (author) Edward Gibbon, Edited by J. B. Bury

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  • Format: Paperback | 538 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 36mm | 739g
  • Publication date: 14 February 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 1108050719
  • ISBN 13: 9781108050715
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 1 map

Product description

The pre-eminent historian of his day, Edward Gibbon (1737-94) produced his magnum opus in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Reissued here is the authoritative seven-volume edition prepared by J. B. Bury (1861-1927) between 1896 and 1900. Immediately and widely acclaimed, Gibbon's work remains justly famous for its magisterial account of Roman imperialism and Christianity from the first century CE through to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. Innovative in its use of primary sources and notable for its tone of religious scepticism, this epic narrative stands as a masterpiece of English literature and historical scholarship. Volume 1 commences with the early emperors and a survey of the empire's extent and expansion. Examining Roman culture, law, government, slavery and agriculture, Gibbon guides the reader through three centuries to Constantine's emergence as sole emperor in 324.

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Table of contents

Preface; Introduction; 1. The extent and military force of the empire, in the age of the Antonines; 2. Of the union and internal prosperity of the Roman empire in the age of the Antonines; 3. Of the constitution of the Roman empire, in the age of the Antonines; 4. The cruelty, follies and murder of Commodus; 5. Public sale of the empire to Didius Julianus by the praetorian guards; 6. The death of Severus; 7. The elevation and tyranny of Maximin; 8. Of the state of Persia after the restoration of the monarchy by Artaxerxes; 9. The state of Germany till the invasion of the barbarians, in the time of the emperor Decius; 10. The emperors Decius, Gallus, Aemilianus, Valerian, and Gallienus; 11. Reign of Claudius; 12. Conduct of the army and senate after the death of Aurelian; 13. The reign of Diocletian and his three associates; 14. Troubles after the abdication of Diocletian.