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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edited and Abridged) by [Gibbon, Edward, Mueller, Hans-Friedrich]
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"[Gibbon] stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another."--Christopher Dawson

"ÝGibbon¨ stood on the summit of the Renaissance achievement and looked back over the waste of history to ancient Rome, as from one mountain top to another."--Christopher Dawson

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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.

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  • Publisher: Modern Library; Modern Library edition (10 Oct. 2009)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002SE6488
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I thought I'd wait until I'd finished reading this edition before writing a review, but after reading around 2/3rd's of the book I'm exasperated at just how much appears to have been omitted already. As noted in a previous review the reasons are noted in the foreword; but this can't excuse an almost savage excision of the military conflicts that occurred during this history. Indeed, entire civil wars are reduced to an editorial note before proceeding on to the next detail of internal conflict within the Church.
That's not to say I don't find such details interesting. It's just that in attempting to address a previous imbalance in favour of military detail, this edition has swung so far the other way you are left feeling there are gaping holes in this particular history.
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I can heartily endorse other reviews about how well Gibbon writes and how accessible this book is despite being 1200 pages of 18th century prose.
My main gripe and the reason for the lack of stars is that this version is SO heavily abridged. I picked up this book in the hope of learning not just political history but military history. All details of all battles that Gibbon apparently detailed so painstakingly have been removed. There are numerous other abridgments that have been made (footnotes and gorgraphic details) that I'm sure also speed up the prose but if you are looking for the definitive Gibbon you will not find it here.
I understand the reasons for it as explained in the foreword but the detail that has been removed needs to be highlighted in Amazon's own review because this book despite it's quality as a historical political document has been a disappointment to me.
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This is a book I have always wanted to read but never found the time. Now I do and I have bought it. It has not disappointed either. I am thoroughly enjoying this classic and will re- read in the years to come.
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The Shakespeare of historians. If you want to go back in time but you are too poor to afford the time traveling costs, then Gibbon's prose will do the job.
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