- File Size: 12916 KB
- Print Length: 4945 pages
- Publisher: Northpointe Classics (February 15, 2009)
- Publication Date: February 15, 2009
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00BFFY6T0
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- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
HISTORY OF THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE COMPLETE VOLUMES 1 - 6 [Deluxe Annotated & Illustrated Edition] Kindle Edition
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However, in another sense the reverence over the years has been misleading. It turns out that Gibbon is not only a very learned scholar but also a great writer, easy to read and from time to time quite funny. He also employs a multi-disciplinary approach that strikes me as remarkably sophisticated for someone writing in the 18th Century.
This methodological characteristic serves to amplify one other aspect of Gibbon's work: the currency of much that he reports. What he has to say about the balance of powers of the political class, military elites, and people in the streets sounds remarkably relevant to what I read, much less eloquently expressed, in the daily press.
Back to the future!
Still plowing through this (94% complete), but found a couple of oddities a buyer should be aware of. This edition skips Part IV of Chapter LXVIII. This serves to highlight the failings of the semi-active table of contents. D and F should probably have three hundred chapters, but Gibbon prefers to chop each chapter into multiple "parts," something this edition's table of contents ignores. As for missing one of the parts, these things even out. They duplicated one part somewhere in the middle.
There is one very odd feature, however. There is an introduction covering Roman history in brief. It is done on a very fundamental level and is pointless. No one reading Gibbon needs it. But this is the oddest thing: the phrase "Sic Semper Tyrannis" appears once in the intro, and it is misspelled and incorrectly translated!
So: skip the introduction, don't worry that the writer does not know any Latin, and enjoy Gibbon at a bargain price.
The book is incredible in its depth. Through the first part of volume one, about the closing of the age of the Antonines, you come to realize how exhaustive and elaborate was the research into which the author poured himself. The details, sidestories, pauses for retrospective, and frequent interjection of stories which couldn't have appeared together in same piece of literary history from which the story at hand dwells. I look forward to more and it ought to be required reading for High school Sophomores.
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