The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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Random House, Inc.
Edited, abridged, and with a critical Foreword by Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin
Illustrations by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a breadth comparable to a novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments—in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.

Baker & Taylor
Recounts the events that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, from the second century A.D. to the fifteenth century A.D.

Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2003
Edition: Modern Library paperback ed
ISBN: 9780375758119
Branch Call Number: 937.06 GIB
Characteristics: xxxvii, 1258 p. :,ill., maps ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mueller, Hans-Friedrich 1959-


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Feb 11, 2018

Gibbon's work is a detailed and lush description of the waning of the Roman Empire. Not only is it a definitive history, but it is a literary masterpiece. The language is elegant and elevated, the vocabulary is rich, and the humor is sharp. Don't ignore the footnotes. Gibbon was the master of the footnote, and you may find yourself chuckling.

Dec 30, 2010

Pretty bland history...I didn't finish.

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