This Modern Library eBook edition collects all three volumes of Edward Gibbons towering masterpiece of classical history The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empirecomplete and unabridged.
Edward Gibbons magnum opus 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. Alongside the magnificent narrative lies the authors wit and sweeping irony, exemplified by Gibbons famous definition of history as "little more than the register of the crimes, follies and misfortunes of mankind."
An epic chronicle of uncommon literary distinction, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This unabridged eBook bundle of the celebrated text edited by Professor J. B. Bury, considered a classic since it first appeared in 1896, includes Gibbons own exhaustive notes, Burys original Introduction and index, as well as a modern appraisal of Gibbon in an Introduction from Pulitzer Prizewinning historian Daniel J. Boorstin.
Edward Gibbon was born in 1737. At the age of thirty-nine, he published the first volume of his great work, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Since it was first released in several volumes between 1776 and 1788, few books of history have been so widely praised. Gibbon died in 1794.
"Gibbon is one of those few who hold as high a place in the history of literature as in the roll of great historians."Professor J. B. Bury
"Gibbon is a landmark and a signposta landmark of human achievement: and a signpost because the social convulsions of the Roman Empire as described by him sometimes prefigure and indicate convulsions which shake the whole world today."E. M. Forster
"I devoured Gibbon. I rode triumphantly through it from end to end and enjoyed it all."Winston Churchill
"Gibbon is a kind of bridge that connects the ancient with the modern ages."Thomas Carlyle
"Gibbon is not merely a master of the pageant and the story; he is also the critic and the historian of the mind. . . . We seem as we read him raised above the tumult and the chaos into a clear and rational air."Virginia Woolf