Item description for The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Modern Library Classics) by Edward Gibbon, Hans-Friedrich Mueller & Daniel J. Boorstin...
Overview Recounts the events that led to the fall of the Roman Empire, from the second century A.D. to the fifteenth century A.D.
Publishers Description Edited, abridged, and with a critical Foreword by Hans-Friedrich Mueller Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin Illustrations by Giovanni Battista Piranesi Edward Gibbon's masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a breadth comparable to a novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon's narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments--in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.
Citations And Professional Reviews The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Modern Library Classics) by Edward Gibbon, Hans-Friedrich Mueller & Daniel J. Boorstin has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
New Yorker (The) - 10/18/2010 page 82
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 1112
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Studio: Modern Library
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.03" Width: 5.21" Height: 1.7" Weight: 2 lbs.
Release Date Aug 12, 2003
Publisher Modern Library
ISBN 0375758119 ISBN13 9780375758119
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More About Edward Gibbon, Hans-Friedrich Mueller & Daniel J. Boorstin
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), English historian. It was on a visit to Rome that he conceived the idea of his magnificent and panoramic history The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (6 vol., 1776-88) which won immediate acclaim, despite some harsh criticism. Gibbon himself was assured of the greatness of his work, which is, indeed, one of the most-read historical works of modern times.
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History of Rome May 15, 2008
I have not yet read the books ( they were bought as reference material). They came well packaged, clean, pristine and look very good in my library. Delivery was promt and hassle free. I would definitely purchase from this vendor again.
Excellent Audio Book for History Buffs May 4, 2008
What a classic. This is an excellent listen for history buffs and those that want to learn what precipitated the fall of the great empire.
the decline and fall of the roman empire Aug 26, 2007
very good detail on the history , most Caesars were killed and the army rulled.
Lots of Info Jul 9, 2007
Tremendous amount of information and lots of historical data. Problem is the guy who wrote the book can speak the real english language and I often thought I was listning to a foreign language tape. I learned a lot and woud recomend this to anyone who wonders how something as great as the empire was, fell apart. Great learning experience.
Gibbon's Magnum Opus May 12, 2007
It's a literary work of art. Gibbon's style of narration is breathtaking. On every page he comes out as the true scholar that he really is. His choice of words and his style of sentence construction is consummate on every level.
Other than that, the whole account is Gibbon's perspective of the Roman Empire on a strict level. While most will concur with him on the insanity of the likes of say, Caligula, Nero; or the politically cunning inclinations of Augustus, his treatment of Christianity is open to debate. Gibbon places Christianity at the top in his list of the factors that could possibly have accelerated the empire towards decadence and its ultimate disintegration. Though this can be true on some accounts, he offers no clear explanation on how the Eastern empire could have carried on for more centuries with the religion at its very centre. It's an unwritten edict that the Byzantines were more passionate about Jesus than Western christendom.
Also, in some pages, Gibbon argues that the Roman emperors, say Marcus Aurelius for example, never really would have had an inclination towards persecuting christians on grounds of political gains. For Gibbon argues that the political elite of Rome were well aware of the fact that some kind of religion maintained social order. But his arguments are at considerable, if not complete, loggerheads with the several accounts from other historians that Rome continued to persecute Christianity until Constantine.
Persecution of Christianity might necessarily not have completely been primary disdain for the christian concept which totally conflicts with the Roman edicts of deifying dead emperors. Christianity came in handy for rogue emperors to have this sect of minorities scapegoated for their own excesses (remember Nero's fire?) or to appease the minds of a disgruntled majority which preferred to suspect them.
Finally, his stand that the "whole" empire prospered and preferred Roman rule in the age of the five good emperors is open to debate. Pax Romana might have worked for the Italian mainland at best, but not necessarily in provinces even as close as, say, Gaul.