The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Abridged Edition

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Synopsis

An abridged edition of Edward Gibbon's THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, which compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into a single epic narrative.

Famously sceptical about Christianity, unexpectedly sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, constantly aware of how political leaders often achieve the exact opposite of what they intend, Gibbon was both alert to the broad pattern of events and the significant revealing detail. Attacked for its enlightened views on politics, sexuality and religion, the first volume was none the less soon to be found 'on every table' and was widely acclaimed for the elegance of its prose. Gripping, powerfully intelligent and wonderfully entertaining, THE HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age.

Book information

ISBN: 9780753818817
Publisher: Orion
Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Pub date:
Edition: Abridged Edition
DEWEY: 937.06
DEWEY edition: 22
Number of pages: 679
Weight: 554g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 46mm