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Enter your mobile number or email address below and we’ll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer – no Kindle device required. To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Would ocm like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? For decades, perhaps centuries, the standard work of reference on Roman History has been courtesy of Edward Gibbon.

In its original printing it was a best-seller and a publishing sensation. History was brought to the masses in vivid detail. Within its massive six volumes Gibbon put into context the entire sweep of this huge and complex Empire. We visit its far-flung regions, its most charismatic characters as we travel through centuries of its existence and its eternal influence on Western and, most probably, World culture. Considering the times and the resources at his disposal it quite incredible what Gibbon has been able to put together, to distil, to formulate internalprosprity precisely plot in this most seducing of histories.

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Please try again later. Decline And Fall is one of those works that all should read at sometime in their lives. It took me 75 years to get round to it, but I am very glad that, as a retirement project, I finally did so. I set myself to read one volume a month, which amounts to about 17 pages a day, and am currently on schedule. This edition comes in two boxed sets of three volumes each, well presented in card binding and gold lettering.

Do not be tempted to skip the introduction by Hugh Trevor-Roper which is itself worth the entrance fee.

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Trevor-Roper tells us that Gibbon originally set out to write just the first three volumes extending from the first to the end of the fifth centuries AD, but the work was so well received except by the church establishments that he was persuaded to continue with a further three volumes, taking the history to whhwait fall of Constantinople in the 15th century.


In the famous or infamous Chapter XV, he sets out a critical assessment of the five causes of the growth of Christianity.

This stirred up a storm of anger and abuse from both the Anglican and the Roman Catholic hierarchies, a principle objection being that the divinely inspired Christian church should be exempt from critical analysis. Gibbon implied that the early church lost its innocence when it became the established religion of the Empire under Constantine.

The principle arch-diocese of Rome, Alexandria, Antioch and Constantinople became immensely rich and powerful, and control was fiercely contested. The main protagonists were the Trinitarians and the Arians who differed in their attempts to explain how a religion, that distinguished itself as monotheistic, could have three gods the father, the son and the holy spirit.

Gibbon shows that very internalprosperiy more Christians were killed by other Christians after Constantine than were martyred under the earlier pagan emperors.

Having finished chapter three I look forward to reading how the Eastern Empire, within its rapidly diminishing boundaries, managed to survive for a further millennium. This is a beautiful box set. I have always been fascinated by Roman history and Gibbon is the book that everyone has heard of, but probably hardly anyone has ever seen and less read, although Isaac Asimov made no bones about the fact that “Decline and Fall” was his inspiration for the Foundation Trilogy and that his story and the quotes from the Encyclopedia Galactica imitated Gibbon’s history.

A colleague bought this boxed set and showed it off to me and I have to admit that I fell in love with it. Size convenient to read, this is a facsimile of an early 20th Century printing. Unlikely some reproductions, all Gibbon’s extensive footnotes are there.

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For anyone whose view of Roman history is a mixture of “I Claudius”, “Gladiator” and “Spartacus”, this is a real eye-opener. Gibbon wastes little time on the history of Rome up to the 3rd Century. Where he does stop and comment it is usually to poke an eye in a holy cow.

Claudius is repeatedly described as “an idiot”. Augustus is an implacable dictator. Whywaitt and Nero are passed over relatively quickly, wyhwait Gibbon does ask what Rome had done to deserve the run of emperors from Augustus through to Domitian, until Trajan finally broke the run of bad luck. We then jump most of a century until the good Marcus Aurelius only referred to as Marcus and treated with enormous affection by Gibbon, although his death, which historians believe was from plague during a campaign in the east – rather than the depiction of being murdered by Commodus – is not mentioned at all by Internaplrosperity is replaced by Commodus.


The film Gladiator probably paints a fair picture of Commodus’s character as seen by Gibbon, but Gibbon wades in with spiked gloves and totally fillets him. And then he gets to start on what followed Certainly there is food for thought.

Gibbon acknowledges that Claudius was the last male descendent in his family and readers may speculate how someone as stupid as Claudius is made out to be by him could survive the terror of Caligula, the plotting and not only become emperor, but have a long and very peaceful reign, with no attempts to revolt by the legions and no palace coup.

Although Gibbon’s style is much-commented to be acerbic, wry and humorous, I admit that I was surprised by how dry it is and by how much text he gets out of a short quote from a contemporary historian all lovingly referenced.

It is not something that most people will sit and read from cover to cover, particularly as the volumes do not end with the fall of Rome itself, but with the fall of the eastern empire in Constantinople, centuries later. More it is a set of six volumes to dip in and out of and to treat with reverence. Edward Gibbon does with words what an artist does with a paint brush. In fact, Winston Churchill copied Edward Gibbons style. He doesn’t come close to the master, but it still won him the Nobel Prize in literature.

Gibbon didn’t even have a dictionary when he wrote this and he can create images in you mind whilst you read! Many reviewers keep talking about Gibbon’s claim that it was Christianity that weakened the empire.

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This is only partly true. Gibbon spends much time talking psychology, power politics, general weakening of a decadent people and many other piercing insights into the general idiocy and brutality of the times. Words can’t describe the genius of Edward Gibbon. I bought this without knowing it, and I’m very disappointed.

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