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The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon


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Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in three instalments from 1776 to 1788, is widely regarded as the greatest work of history in the English language. Starting with the accession of the Roman Emperor Commodus in the late second century CE, Gibbon's work traverses thirteen centuries, encompassing the rise of Christianity and of Islam, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the intellectual roots, contemporary European contexts, literary style and thematic scale of Gibbon's achievement. Alongside the History, it gives an introduction to Gibbon's other works, including the Memoirs he left unfinished at his death and previously unpublished material. Leading international scholars in the fields of classics, geography, history and literature provide a comprehensive account of Gibbon's monumental account of decline, fall and global historical transformation.

Product code: 9781107625020

ISBN 9781107625020
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H227xW151xS13
No. Of Pages 260
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Series Cambridge Companions to Literature
Edward Gibbon's monumental The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is of enduring interest to literary scholars, classicists and historians of the ancient world. This Companion provides an accessible account of Decline and Fall, along with Gibbon's autobiographical writings: an indispensable guide to the great historian and his work.