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The history of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire / Edward Gibbon ; edited and abridged by David Womersley.

By: Gibbon, Edward, 1737-1794.
Contributor(s): Womersley, David.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Penguin classics. Publisher: London : Penguin, c2000Edition: Abridged ed.Description: xxxix, 795 p. ; 20 cm.ISBN: 0140437649.Uniform titles: History of the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. Selections Subject(s): Rome -- History -- Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D | Byzantine Empire -- History -- To 527DDC classification: 937/.06 Review: "Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into an epic narrative shot through with insight, irony and incisive character analysis." "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 alert to both 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, it is the greatest work of history in the English language, and ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age.".Summary: "This abridgement is based on David Womersley's three-volume Penguin Classics edition of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Complete chapters from all three volumes, linked by extended bridging passages, capture the style, the argument and the architecture of the whole work."--BOOK JACKET.
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Vols. 1-6 of the full ed. originally published: 1776, 1781 and 1788.

Includes index.

Includes bibliographical references (p. xxxv-xxxvi)

"Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire compresses thirteen turbulent centuries into an epic narrative shot through with insight, irony and incisive character analysis." "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 alert to both 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, it is the greatest work of history in the English language, and ranks as one of the literary masterpieces of its age.".

"This abridgement is based on David Womersley's three-volume Penguin Classics edition of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Complete chapters from all three volumes, linked by extended bridging passages, capture the style, the argument and the architecture of the whole work."--BOOK JACKET.

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