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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Volume 1

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The great work of Gibbon is indispensable to the student of history. The literature of Europe offers no substitute for The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It has obtained undisputed possession, as rightful occupant, of the vast period which it comprehends. However some subjects, which it embraces, may have undergone more complete investigation, on the general view of the whole period, this history is the sole undisputed authority to which all defer, and from which few appeal to the original writers, or to more modern compilers.

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The easiest to read volume of the series

This book covers the history of Rome, glossing over the period before Augustus, and then covering the succeeding emperors in fair detail through to Constantine.

The reasons you might read this book would include:
* it's a classic, so you can impress people at dinner parties (not really)
* it's the basis for the understanding of Roman history for typical educated English speakers from the late 18th century through to the late 20th century (for good and ill) and interesting, for example, to consider in the light of what the US constitutional framers might have had on their minds.
* Gibbon has axes to grind, and can be very entertaining when, for example, comparing the number of Christians killed by Romans to the number killed by other Christians.
* It's more entertaining than more scholarly histories, although frequently comprises stupendously long paragraphs and Byzantine sentences.

The book

This book is the best historical book I have ever read. Can you make books about the history of Iraq thank you


Best Roman Empire book ever

History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
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  • Category: Ancient
  • Published: Jan 01, 1776
  • Publisher: Public Domain
  • Seller: Public Domain
  • Print Length: 726 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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