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Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (edition 1987)

by Moses Hadas

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Title:Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
Authors:Moses Hadas
Info:Fawcett (1987), Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire {abridged by Hadas} by Edward Gibbon

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I love me some Roman history, but even the abridged version was almost more than I could handle. Gibbon portrays an endless parade of Roman rulers who abused their powers and their subjects. It gets very confusing after a while, because the text jumps around in time a bit and multiple people had the same name. He had some very unflattering things to say about early Christians, which both surprised and amused me.

Overall the format was very readable, but could benefit from an glossary/index in the back, and a few maps. Very solid writing from Gibbon, and has held up well since being written in the 1770 & 80's. ( )
  delta351 | Dec 3, 2013 |
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"Its theme is the most overwhelming phenomenon in recorded history -- the disintegration not of a nation, but of an old and rich and apparently indestructible civilization." --Moses Hadas, editor.

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