The great work of Gibbon is indispensable to the student of history. The literature of Europe offers no substitute for The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. It has obtained undisputed possession, as rightful occupant, of the vast period which it comprehends. However some subjects, which it embraces, may have undergone more complete investigation, on the general view of the whole period, this history is the sole undisputed authority to which all defer, and from which few appeal to the original writers, or to more modern compilers.
five star for the book itself, no doubt!, but proofreading is in urgent need, typos abound, sometimes have to be compared with other sources online55
A well written summary of the period of the Roman reign on this earth.45
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 decadence55
"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!45
Best Roman Empire book ever55
This book is the best historical book I have ever read. Can you make books about the history of Iraq thank you55
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.55