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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I By Edward Gibbon David Womersley The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I Edward Gibbon s six volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature Its subject is the fate of one of t
  • Title: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I
  • Author: Edward Gibbon David Womersley
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  • The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I By Edward Gibbon David Womersley Edward Gibbon s six volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1776 88 is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature Its subject is the fate of one of the world s greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse Here, in book one and two, GibEdward Gibbon s six volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 1776 88 is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature Its subject is the fate of one of the world s greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries its rulers, wars and society, and the events that led to its disastrous collapse Here, in book one and two, Gibbon charts the vast extent and constitution of the Empire from the reign of Augustus to 395 AD And in a controversial critique, he examines the early Church, with fascinating accounts of the first Christian and last pagan emperors, Constantine and Julian.This definitive three volume Penguin Classic edition provides a complete and unmodernized text, presenting the History as it appeared to its early readers In his introduction, David Womersley discusses Gibbon s life and literary career, and his insightful and vivid style of writing This volume also includes updated further reading, a new chronology, appendices and notes.
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      Edward Gibbon 8 May 1737 16 January 1794 was an English historian and Member of Parliament His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.Gibbon returned to England in June 1765 His father died in 1770, and after tending to the estate, which was by no means in good condition, there remained quite enough for Gibbon to settle fashionably in London at 7 Bentinck Street, independent of financial concerns By February 1773, he was writing in earnest, but not without the occasional self imposed distraction He took to London society quite easily, joined the better social clubs, including Dr Johnson s Literary Club, and looked in from time to time on his friend Holroyd in Sussex He succeeded Oliver Goldsmith at the Royal Academy as professor in ancient history honorary but prestigious In late 1774, he was initiated a freemason of the Premier Grand Lodge of England And, perhaps least productively in that same year, he was returned to the House of Commons for Liskeard, Cornwall through the intervention of his relative and patron, Edward Eliot He became the archetypal back bencher, benignly mute and indifferent, his support of the Whig ministry invariably automatic Gibbon s indolence in that position, perhaps fully intentional, subtracted little from the progress of his writing.After several rewrites, with Gibbon often tempted to throw away the labours of seven years, the first volume of what would become his life s major achievement, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published on 17 February 1776 Through 1777, the reading public eagerly consumed three editions for which Gibbon was rewarded handsomely two thirds of the profits amounting to approximately 1,000 Biographer Leslie Stephen wrote that thereafter, His fame was as rapid as it has been lasting And as regards this first volume, Some warm praise from David Hume overpaid the labour of ten years Volumes II and III appeared on 1 March 1781, eventually rising to a level with the previous volume in general esteem Volume IV was finished in June 1784 the final two were completed during a second Lausanne sojourn September 1783 to August 1787 where Gibbon reunited with his friend Deyverdun in leisurely comfort By early 1787, he was straining for the goal and with great relief the project was finished in June Gibbon later wrote It was on the day, or rather the night, of 27 June 1787, between the hours of eleven and twelve, that I wrote the last lines of the last page in a summer house in my garden I will not dissemble the first emotions of joy on the recovery of my freedom, and perhaps the establishment of my fame But my pride was soon humbled, and a sober melancholy was spread over my mind by the idea that I had taken my everlasting leave of an old and agreeable companion, and that, whatsoever might be the future date of my history, the life of the historian must be short and precarious.Volumes IV, V, and VI finally reached the press in May 1788, their publication having been delayed since March so it could coincide with a dinner party celebrating Gibbon s 51st birthday the 8th Mounting a bandwagon of praise for the later volumes were such contemporary luminaries as Adam Smith, William Robertson, Adam Ferguson, Lord Camden, and Horace Walpole Smith remarked that Gibbon s triumph had positioned him at the very head of Europe s literary tribe.

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    1. As to Volume II of The History and Decline of the Roman Empire as provided us by Eduard GibbonComments short for this volume The sweep of the narrative I will represent below via Gibbon s own chapter headers a story themselves.First, a very turgid beginning to the volume Foundation of Constantinople and other administrative necessities taxation, etc Imagine that you were bored by the cetology chapters of Moby Dick and then lengthen those chapters by a factor of six or seven On with the story.Sec [...]


    2. Let s be very clear about one thing if you write English prose, and if you read a lot and care about English prose, you should read Gibbon His sentences are perfect Each is carefully weighted, pulling the reader through like a kind of perpetual motion machine the syntax and the content are perfectly matched Certainly some constructions seem a little dated, but generally that makes me think that contemporary prose is impoverished, rather than that Gibbon s is overly difficult Just as all Western [...]


    3. Every Empire eventually falls Given the largest modern Empire is the United States, it might behoove Americans to read this.The epic series is a must read for historical buffs The premise that Christianity played a large role in the collapse of the Roman Empire might not go over well, but the lack of religious tolerance definitely hurt the Romans Religious tolerance had been a staple and helped greatly in both the expansion and maintenance of the Empire You can take a lot of things from people, [...]


    4. It speaks to the genius of Gibbon, and the grandeur of this work, that there are no historians or social scientists who call themselves Gibbonians There are Marxists, Freudians, Foucaultians there are postcolonial theorists, gender theorists, post structuralist theorists there are positivists, anti positivists, materialists, anti materialists But not a Gibbonian in the bunch This is because Gibbon s extraordinary mind cannot be reduced to a simple formula Many have tried he was a militant atheis [...]



    5. This is a book that has grown on me The first time I picked it up, I probably didn t make it past the tenth page Now I m halfway through volume 1 and totally hooked I ve found the section that I m currently reading about the early history of Christianity a bit dull, but interesting many of Nietzsche s complaints about Christianity seem to have been anticipated by Gibbon.I m amused by Gibbon s dry tone and his brevity the effect of this and his wit together is altogether refreshing perhaps especi [...]


    6. You hear people refer to Gibbon s magisterial style for a reason it is The sentences just roll on and on He had read everything about the period and for the most part selects and organizes the material very well by which I mean that the history flows and makes sense I don t know enough to know whether he selected a balanced and coherent subset of facts and events But this isn t an endless recitation of facts Gibbon assesses the people and explains their actions he shares his reflections so that [...]


    7. I love this book because it s great value for money there is so much readingGibbon is not just a sublime historian, he is also an prototype psychologist, sociologist, and anthropologist.His history is of the human condition and not just of RomansOnce you get used to the peculiar writing style you will actually enjoy it It takes only 20 pages to get into it.It is impossible to believe that his insights are from so long ago because they are still so fresh.I take a star off because he just goes on [...]


    8. I ve just finished Volume I, and II is up next I would recommend against getting the version edited by H.H Milman if at all possible, unless you like books that are edited by someone who thinks it s okay to mutilate someone else s work by adding a LOT Christian nonsense to it He even criticizes the author for attempting to be reasonably objective This is NOT okay, and it is detrimental to a book that is rightly considered to be a masterpiece of historical writing Do yourself a favor and get you [...]


    9. This book is amazingly readable Unfortunately, no matter how easy the reading, 1000 pages are still 1000 pages with footnotes but no pictures or white spacey dialogue I don t think I m going to finish this before book club on Thursday ha ha ha ha ha ha Oh, and my other quibble, aside from the large bulk, is the sad lack of maps and a chronology This book is 1000 pages, people I don t have time to pull out my atlas and look up dates on


    10. Tackling this massive classic has been on my bucket list for some time, and after finishing Volume One, the first of Six I know, I can hardly believe it either volumes, here are some summary thoughts so far 1 Took me a while to decide whether to read it, or listen on Audible I ve listened to quite a few books on Audible, so my comfort level plus all the spare moments I can find in traffic or longer drives to listen gave me the courage to go that route I m loving the Naxos AudioBooks version read [...]


    11. I have been reading this for the last five months and I feel exhausted Definitely not for people who prefer light reading The explanation is sometimes frivolous and redundant The footnotes are not really helpful they just confused me even The first chapters are the best The last oneswell, not so much except the parts on Diocletian Nevertheless, I d still recommend this as a reference for those who are interested in Roman Empire history So many interesting tidbits and background information on t [...]


    12. Most readers, including myself, are discouraged from ever attempting to read Decline and Fall because of its length I can confirm, having reached the end of the first volume, that our fears of boredom or exhaustion are exaggerated In truth, Gibbon needs an editor, not an abridgement A small number of dull and superfluous passages, often dealing with trifles remote from our own concerns such as the internecine squabbles over Trinitarianism, or the unspectacular lives of quickly forgotten pretende [...]


    13. Loved it I ve read it ten times, and it s an eight volume set Gibbon has his idiosyncrasies He will use the same phrase, for example, it would not offer much instruction to the reader nor amusement to the writer, and several others than once, but it is a big book.Critics have noted that Gibbon squashes a vast sweep of history into the last two or three volumes, but my personal favourite is volume three As I recall, this one traces the emperors, and Julian, in particular He s the one who tried t [...]


    14. The particulars of a given place and time are incidental to why this work and its author have had a lasting impact At least for me, curiosity about Rome subsided as I was and drawn in to the spell of the author This was Edward Gibbon s space within which to expound on the sweeping currents of history and the trickling eddies of individual flawed lives that feed into them How does the discipline of a common goal strengthen individual men and the broader culture How does the irony of reaching th [...]


    15. Where to begin How do you even rate a legendary text like this, after two hundred years of existence, carrying two hundred years of cultural baggage along with it.It s Gibbon He doesn t need me, because he s like Tacitus or Herodotus, or any of those other historians that you refer to by only one name Men who wrote monumental tomes that everyone familiar with them acknowledges as masterpieces, but nobody has ever seems to want to read Still, I feel bad to own a book that I ve not read, and there [...]


    16. The first volume of Modern Library s three volume reprint of Edward Gibbon s The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire covers the first 26 chapters of the author s epic historical work Beginning with the death of Domitian and ending with Theodosius I s treaty with the Goths and early reign, Gibbon s spans nearly 300 years of political, social, and religious history on how the great empire of antiquity slowly began to fade from the its greatest heights.The history of the decline of Rome actually b [...]


    17. Although Edward Gibbon s masterpiece has a fearsome reputation, it s surprisingly readable Far from being the dry, dusty tome that you expect its absolutely loaded with what my friend Josh calls 18th century aristocratic snark Some great examples The policy of the emperors and the senate, as far as it concerned religion, was happily seconded by the reflections of the enlightened, and by the habits of the superstitious, part of their subjects The various modes of worship, which prevailed in the R [...]


    18. I promptly blew a fuse upon being sent an article on the relative barbarism of the Roman Empire in relation to Asian cultures of the same time Some time later I realised I hadn t thought on the history of the Romans for some time and this book was well recommended, so I put on the headphones and went for a walk First of all, this is an audiobook free librivox edition many thanks to Kirsten Ferreri, Chris Chapman, Sibella Denton, Christie Nowak, Gesine, ontheroad, Jim Mowatt, krithiga, Robin Cott [...]


    19. I can honestly say that this book changed the way I think about some things I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and it gets much better with with re reads I love Gibbon s snarkiness.Page 446 A candid but rational inquiry into the progress and establishment of Christianity, may be considered as a very essential part of the history of the Roman empire While that great body was invaded by open violence, or undermined by slow decay, a pure and humble religion gently insinuated itself into the m [...]


    20. Marcus AureliusDescription The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.youtube watch v bLH8_This film covers the incidents that historians pin point as the start of the end of the Roman Empire It took a further 300 years to finish the job.LucillaBust of Commodus as Hercules


    21. I first read Gibbon over thirty years ago, and made it through the three Modern Library volumes Over the years I have reread the first volume, and his conclusions, a half dozen times, and his notorious Ch 15 on Judaism and Christianity maybe two dozen I read it as contemporary news for instance, Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, leaving office, recently pardoned over 200 prisoners, including several convicted of murder Doubtless Barbour s Christianity played into his pardoning, possibly of con [...]


    22. This really is a gorgeous edition of Gibbon s classic Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol 1 is his most scandalous of texts mainly due to the final two chapters but ignoring the centuries old controversy of daring to chart the history of early Christianity in Rome, this is still THE seminal work of historical writing in the English language and fully codified the ridiculous relationship of the later emperors of Rome with the Senate, the various factions of the army and legions, the Praetori [...]


    23. Just too many footnotesI m reading a kobo version so the passages are constantly interrupted I do not recommend reading an electronic version Taking that into account, I ve learned an immense amount about the end years of a grand era I would have retained knowledge if it didn t jump around on the timeline so often Lastly, it has an abrupt ending Do not expect an epilogue.


    24. I ve wanted to read this classic work since learning in Churchill s auto biography that this was one of the most influential books in his life I love to read the books that influenced those that have influenced me He read all volumes multiple times as a young military officer and sought to mimic Gibbon s writing style all of his life This was volume one of six I was expecting it to be rough going but it was surprisingly engaging Story after story of conquest and infighting among imperial leaders [...]


    25. Volume IIt is a testament to the breadth of Gibbon s passion that his Decline and Fall, widely regarded as a literary monument, on reading appears merely to expatiate on some salient thoughts The charm of Gibbon resides in his unashamed partiality, notwithstanding his wise words on the responsibility of historians to extract truth from exaggeration and understatement alike.Gibbon, in the mould of his beloved Tacitus, is not for the faint hearted, nor for the politically correct, religiously devo [...]


    26. I have this book in a Victorian copy inherited from my great grandfather, one of the only books left from such a long time ago, mostly Dutch Bibles I ve thought about reading it since I was in high school this looming, solid, six volume set of reddish brown books, the spine reading only GIBBON S ROME Finally this spring I finished The Dispossessed, which I really hated many of you may wish to discount the following review on that basis and I was feeling disgruntled, because I had thought I would [...]


    27. I snagged the free version from for my Kindle The page count said it was 350 pages, I thought that would be a quick read Hooboy, that count was an utter lie reports that a paperback edition from Penguin Classics weighs in at 1232 pages, this isn t a light, quick read on the beach.Gibbon s set the bar for modern historians by investing so much research into the subject The first volume was published in 1776, and though we ve added much to our knowledge of the past through disciplines such as arch [...]


    28. Well, I didn t really finish this book I didn t even make it to three digit page number The subject is very interesting, but due to various events going on my life right now I just couldn t get into it I really wanted to keep going with the book because I m curious to find out what the author thought about the Roman empire May be I can pick it up again in the future.One passage out of a few stuck out in my mind The authority of Plato and Aristotle, of Zeno and Epicurus, still reigned in the scho [...]


    29. Chapter I return Chapter II return Chapter III return Chapter IV return Chapter V return Chapter VI return Chapter VII return Chapter VIII return Chapter IX return Chapter X return Chapter XI


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