History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Volume 1
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Over the course of one pivotal year in history, the colossal Roman Empire crumbled into ruin. Or so the story goes. But the fall of Rome in 480 A.D. may not have occurred in the single dramatic moment pictured in the popular imagination. English historian Edward Gibbon sought to uncover the real roots and nature of this legendary collapse. Here, he looks back to the Roman Empire as it was in 180 A.D., tracing through centuries of history in the East and West to find the sources of the empire's demise. Could the Romans have been responsible for their own disappearance, as Gibbon proposes? Important for its intelligent investigation into the past, Gibbon's groundbreaking 1789 work set the standard for historical research and writing to this day.
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Edward Gibbon, Esq.
Preface Of The Author.
It is not my intention to detain the reader by expatiating on the variety or the importance of the subject, which I have undertaken to treat; since the merit of the choice would serve to render the weakness of the execution still more apparent, and ...
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