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  • Paperback: 1360 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics (August 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140433953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140433951
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 5 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 1.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #338,792 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Edward Gibbon was born in 1737 in Putney, England, and was the only child of his parents to survive infancy. Although his education was frequently interrupted by ill health, his knowledge was far-reaching. His brief career as an undergraduate at Magdalen College, Oxford, ended when he joined the Catholic Church. His father sent him to Lausanne, in Switzerland, where, while studying Greek and French for the next five years, he re-joined the Protestant Church. In 1761 he published his Essai sur l'étude de la Littérature; the English version appeared in 1764. Meanwhile, Gibbon served as a captain in the Hampshire Militia until 1763, when he returned to the Continent. It was while he was in Rome in 1764 that he first conceived the work that was eventually to become The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

In 1774, after the death of his father, Gibbon settled in London and was elected to Parliament where he sat for the next eight years, although he never once spoke in the Commons. He also took his place among the literary circles of London. The first volume of his famous History was published in 1776; it was highly praised for its learning and style but incurred some censure for its treatment of the early Christians. The second and third volumes appeared in 1781 and the final three, which were written in Lausanne, in 1788. He died while on a visit to his friend, Lord Sheffield, who posthumously edited Gibbon's autobiographical papers and published them in 1796.


David Womersley teaches at Jesus College, Oxford, and edited Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire for Penguin Classics.


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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Luke on December 4, 2013
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There seems to be some severe confusion regarding this item. I won't rule out amazon.com mixing up reviews of different editions (it's happened far too many times in the past) but there are two very clear issues that needs sorting out.

First of all, a product review is exactly that: a review of the product, not your experience as a customer. Technical, customer service issues such as corrupted or bungled Kindle files should be directed towards people who can actually help you, not posted as a one-star rating in a place no customer service will ever see your problem. And actually, if you're not intellectually capable of figuring this out on your own, you're likely going to find Gibbon's prose extremely difficult to deal with. Perhaps start with Dr. Seuss on your trendy little electronic device.

Now, then, the other confused issue is what the book actually is. This is Penguin Classics' third and final volume of their definitive, unexpurgated, unabridged printing of Edward Gibbon's classic work. The text is unchanged from when the work was first published in 1788, including Gibbon's own footnotes. Here, Penguin's Volume III is Gibbon's original Volumes Five and Six, which completes the work.

This is a masterpiece of both prose and history and it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say such modern masterworks as Shelby Foote's The Civil War: A Narrative would not have been written had Gibbon not been there as an influence and guide. The language is erudite, long-winded and archaic, but also brilliant and clever. This isn't history to be droned from a classroom, it is artful prose to be enjoyed by historians, novelists and poets alike - so long as you have the patience.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Michael Magdalena on August 30, 2011
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Compared to the first volume of the Kindle edition of this series, Volume 2 is unreadable in its current format. Previous people have commented on the ridiculous footnotes that aren't even Gibbon; this version doesn't even have bold chapter breaks, so it just all comes across as gibberish. I'm going to have to find a hard copy; at least Volume 3 appears to be back to the normal formatting...
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PDC on June 27, 2011
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This is terribly frustrating, as the edition of this volume is so much more careless than the other five. The text is frequently interrupted by footnotes and other distractions, so much so that one gives up after the second paragraph. I wonder what it would take to correct this and give us a clean edition.
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31 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Wolfson on March 26, 2010
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The first volume I downloaded was wonderful and original. The shock I had when reading this was great, as some Christian bisop uses this to argue with a dead author and interrups constantly. BAD and ANNOYING
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Shadrick on December 24, 2012
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I am still on volume one, and am astonished by the quality of prose. Keep an open internet connection handy to google words however. Some are antique and not currently in usage. This fellow is among the best writers I have ever read. Clive James, Hitchens, Orwell, Huxley, and any historical writer is in debt to Gibbons.
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11 of 19 people found the following review helpful By rtc on July 8, 2011
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This is false advertising. It is SOME of Gibbon's text interrupted by supposed numerous footnotes that were not written by Gibbon but are in reality commentaries by "christian zealots" who disagree with Gibbon. Some of the supposed footnotes/commentaries are all in Latin. It is not the book Gibbon wrote, nor is it what I thought I was downloading. If I wanted a commentary on Gibbon, I would have bought one. The intolerant, hysterical side of Christianity that Gibbon describes is alive and well here.
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