The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. I

By Edward Gibbon
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41.47 Hours 01/01/1992 unabridged
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Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon’s treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study. Gibbon’s monumental work traces the history of more than thirteen centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers 180 AD to 395 AD, which includes the reign of Augustus, the establishment of Christianity, and the Crusades.

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Considered one of the finest historical works in the English language, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is lauded for its graceful, elegant prose style as much as for its epic scope. Remarkably accurate for its day, Gibbon’s treatise holds a high place in the history of literature and remains an enduring subject of study.

Gibbon’s monumental work traces the history of more than thirteen centuries, covering the great events as well as the general historical progression. This first volume covers 180 AD to 395 AD, which includes the reign of Augustus, the establishment of Christianity, and the Crusades.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I set out upon...Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire [and] was immediately dominated both by the story and the style…I devoured Gibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all.” Winston Churchill
“[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountaintop to another.” Christopher Dawson

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Author Bio: Edward Gibbon

Edward Gibbon (1737–1794), an English historian and member of Parliament, had little formal education. He went to Oxford, but was forced to leave when he converted to Roman Catholicism. His family then sent him to Lausanne, where he was reconverted to Protestantism. His most important work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 41.47
Audience: Adult
Language: English