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A classic made more accessible with a Kindle,
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This review is from: History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, all six volumes, with active table of contents, improved 2/1/2011 (Kindle Edition)
I did not have an education that majored in the classics and having given up Latin before O levels, I think I fall short of the target audience of the original author and subsequent editor.
One needs stamina and determination to read the book from cover to cover but the story it tells and the manner of its telling I found compelling.
The great advantage of reading it on a Kindle is that if like me your vocabulary is inadequate to the task then you are able to use the inbuilt dictionary as you proceed.
The story told is epic in every way and the lessons learnt have considerable relevance to today's society - for example, as riots were breaking out recently in Birmingham and London I read the following paragraph:
"Whenever numerous groups of banditti, multiplied by success and impunity, publicly defy, instead of eluding the justice of their country, we may safely infer, that the excessive weakness of the government is felt and abused by the lowest ranks of the community"
The sentence length, multiple levels of parenthesis, syntax and vocabulary require a greater level of concentration on behalf of the reader than then of a modern history book but the effort is worth it.
The edition lost one star by not translating into English some (not all) of the footnotes left in Latin.