Easily the most celebrated historical work in English, Gibbon's account of the Roman empire was in its time a landmark in classical and historical scholarship and remains a remarkable fresh and powerful contribution to the interpretation of Roman history more than two hundred years after its first appearance. Its fame, however, rests more on the exceptional clarity, scope and force of its argument, and the brilliance of its style, which is still a delight to read. Furthermore, both argument and style embody the Enlightenment values of rationality, lucidity and order to which Gibbon so passionately subscribed and to which his HISTORY is such a magnificent monument.
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Gibbon observed that history was a record of 'little more than the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind'. In one of the great works of historical writing, elegant, erudite, and full of ironic wit, he covers the 13 centuries of the Roman Empire in the West and the East, from the rule of Trajan and the Antonines to the capture of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. Although some of the facts have been superseded by modern scholarship, this monumental work (published 1776-1788) has shaped our view of the ancient world and its connection with our own. John Julius Norwich comments that 'there is hardly a page without an unforgettable character sketch or a brilliantly told story, and the humour is unfailing'. (Kirkus UK)
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