The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire


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  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140437645
  • 848 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • Adult

Overview

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 volumes three and four, Gibbon vividly recounts the waves of barbarian invaders under commanders such as Alaric and Attila, who overran and eventually destroyed the West. He then turns his gaze to events in the East, where even the achievements of the Byzantine emperor Justinian and the campaigns of the brilliant military leader Belisarius could not conceal the fundamental weaknesses of their empire.

Table of Contents

Abridged with a New Introduction and Notes by David Womersley

Abbreviations
Introduction
Selected Further Reading
A Note on the Text
Chronology

Gibbon’s Prefaces
Chapter I
Chapter II
Chapter III
[Chapters IV-VI]
Chapter VII
[Chapters VIII-XIV]
Chapter XV
[Chapters XVI-XXI]
Chapter XXII
Chapter XXIII
Chapter XXIV
[Chapters XXV-XXVII]
Chapter XXVIII
[Chapters XXIX-XXXIII]
Chapter XXXIV
Chapter XXXV
[Chapters XXXVI-XXXVIII]
General Observations on the Fall of the Roman Empire in the West
[Chapter XXXIX]
Chapter XL
Chapter XLI
[Chapters XLII-XLIX]
Chapter L
[Chapters LI-LIII]
Chapter LIV
[Chapters LV-LXVII]
Chapter LXVIII
[Chapters LXIX-LXX]
Chapter LXXI

Biographica

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