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The Christians and the Fall of Rome (1776)

by Edward Gibbon

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A short extract of the great oeuvre of Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline an Fall of the Roman Empire, this book is concerned with the primitive Christians and the spread of Christianity in the roman world. Considering this was written and published in 1776, it is a matter of wonder to see the very unflattering way the primitive Christians, their beliefs, and their way of living is sometimes portraied by Gibbons. ( )
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The Christians and the Fall of Rome is a short, 96-page extract from volume 1 of Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, (Womersley's Penguin edition). Please do not combine it with either the complete multi-volume work, or the complete versions of volume 1. Also, to avoid confusion and prevent mistaken combinations, please do not give this work the same canonical name as the complete work from which it is excerpted. The extracts and abridgments are considered separate works from the complete edition, for LibraryThing's work system.
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