The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire
Edward Gibbon

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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

LC copy has initials of Thomas Jefferson in each volume and his annotations in vol. 12, p. 52.
Sowerby, E.M. Cat. of the lib. of Thomas Jefferson, 101
Vol. 1 includes engraved frontispiece portrait of Gibbon by Jno. Hall after Sir Joshua Reynolds.
LC copy mixed set: v. 7-13 have imprint: Basil, Paris : Pissot, 1788-1789.


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DG311 .G421

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13 v. :
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