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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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 readerto 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 848 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 44mm | 579.99g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged
  • notes, bibliog
  • 0140437649
  • 9780140437645
  • 90,827

About Edward Gibbon

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.
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Table of contents

Abridged with a New Introduction and Notes by David Womersley

Selected Further Reading
A Note on the Text

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
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

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