ISBN-10:
041516320X
ISBN-13:
9780415163200
Pub. Date:
06/25/1997
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume Set) / Edition 3

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 Volume Set) / Edition 3

by Edward Gibbon, David Wormersley
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Overview

Few books of scholarship have held up so well to public attention over the last two hundred years. At a time when the materials for this history were scant, a mind as great as Gibbon's was able to absorb everything known on the subject and dominate it with his historical erudition and inimitable literary style.
The first volume, highly acclaimed on publication, was quickly reprinted in spite of an ambitious first print-run of 1000 copies. Careless proofreading meant numerous errors had to be rectified in later editions. It was not until the third edition, reprinted here, that the layout was improved and the footnotes appeared at the foot of each page and chapter numbers were placed in the margins.

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ISBN-13: 9780415163200
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 06/25/1997
Series: Early Sources in Classics Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 4100
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 25.40(d)

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The History Of The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 38 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This legendary work, which some consider the greatest history writing of all time, may strike potential readers as too intimidating to actually read, but resist that. Much more than the story of the Roman Empire from Augustus to 476 AD, it encompasses Europe, North Africa, the Middle East and some of outer Asia from ancient times through the whole of the Middle Ages to the beginning of the Renaissance, and also tells much of the history of Christianity and Islam. Gibbon's justly famous prose style, with its combination of weightiness, good humor and perfect balance-- a kind of linguistic equivalent of the music of contemporaries Mozart and Haydn-- will rock you through all 3,000-plus pages/1,500-or-so years. Its old-fashioned emphasis on personal drama first, then ideas, makes it a surprisingly easy and compelling read, albeit long. Read some of it every day while reading other books on the side and you will be comfortably carried through the ages. (It took me about eight enjoyable months.) What the book does better than any work you're ever going to read is make you truly feel the rhythm and weight of that ongoing accumulation of time and our actions in it that we call history, and the way Gibbon balances these moments, from the highest attempts of consciousness in art and faith and government and law, to the lowest breakdowns of human violence, whether by the 'civilized' people or barbarians, gives the work its truth. That truth, plus its style, has made it a classic. Plus the sheer cinematic excitement of hurtling through the ages and passing Augustus, Constantine, Christ, Attila, Justinian, Mohammed, Charlemagne, Genghis Khan, Tamerlane, et al, in action, along with armies of lesser but still overwhelmingly vivid actors and actresses. Yes, modern scholarship has supplemented this work, especially in considering the economic reasons for Rome's decline, and you don't have to accept every one of Gibbon's judgments (for instance, blaming Christianity for an effeminate sapping of old Roman vigor), but today's historians can only dream of achieving his style and sweep. Warning: Don't read when young. You need to have lived some and read a lot and traveled some and thought a lot first. Second warning: While the book itself is five stars plus, the Penguin edition of it has real failings: An absolutely incredible complete absence of maps, republishing the inadequate original index, and above all else the infuriating and outrageous refusal of editor David Womersley to translate Gibbon's Latin, Greek and French footnotes, the most famous footnotes ever written, which make up (with the English footnotes) a volume of their own. By not doing so he has blacked out an important part of this great work. But the rest will amaze you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book needs some editing though
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Unreadable bad scan
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OCR errors
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although over two centuries old, Gibbon's narrative is still the definitive history of Rome and its collapse. The tale begins with the reigns of the Antonines and continues until the reigns of Constantine and Julian. Gibbon combines sweeping historical themese with minute but interesting anecdotes, tempering all with an Enlightenment view of the world. At times charming, at times shocking, Gibbon shows us the world of the Romans and uses them as a fable, a moral guide for our own lives. Certainly not outdated, endlessly fascinating, I wholeheartedly recommend this book to all who wish to know both Rome and themselves better
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No proof-reading whatsoever. Totally unreadable.
AKCITA More than 1 year ago
A miserable attempt at an e-book . So many errors you will feel you are translating it yourself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Careful, I don't think they really have it in stock. I ordered this and instead received Wishful Thinking, by Stephen King. Obviously an employee thought comical to send that one instead since they couldn't find my book on the shelves.
Smiley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Outstanding! Beware the reader will be captivated from the first paragraph.Gibbon's style is so wonderful and his knowledge so easy that one can forget to question some of his opinions and conclusions. Being written in the 18th century, Gibbon gives you his view of matters on the page. While his use of footnotes is eccentric @ best, he does make good use of primary material and the reader will want a pen @ hand to underline scores of passages.
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