The history of the decline & fall of the Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon

About the Book

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 compass equivalent to a long 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.From the Trade Paperback edition.

Edition Notes

"Fifteen hundred copies ... The edition has been designed ... by Paul McPharlin. The type-setting has been done by the American Book-Stratford Press ... the printing of the text has been done partly by the Aldus Printers and partly by E.L. Hildreth & Co."--Colophon.

Issued in slipcase.

Includes index.

Newman & Wiche. Great and good books, 174

Acquired as part of an archival set from the publisher in 2008.


Library of Congress
LEC no. 174, DG311

The Physical Object

7 v. (lvi, 2537 p.) :
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