History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
By Edward Gibbon
- Release Date: 1776-01-01
- Genre: Ancient
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The decline and fall of Rome
A well written summary of the period of the Roman reign on this earth.
History of decline and downfall of Rome, Vol 1
By Hugo Cedeno
Great book, wonderful introduction to the Roman Empire and its subsequent fall. Starts in the golden age of Roman history and adventures in detail to the 3rd century crisis and the surrounding civilizations and cultures that influences or took active part in Roman decadence
An Essential Classic for Roots of Western Civilization
By Laden pilot
"History of the Decline and Fall. . ." is an essential text for understanding the Roman civilization and its roots in Western Civilization! From a twentieth Century reader prospective, the writing suffers somewhat from obtuse language that is sometimes very hard, or impossible to understand, but the book is still worth the effort!
Best Roman Empire book ever
By Hattim araim
This book is the best historical book I have ever read. Can you make books about the history of Iraq thank you
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.