Edward Gibbon

Portrait, oil on canvas, of Edward Gibbon by Sir Joshua Reynolds
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 Name: Edward Gibbon, FRS
 Country of Origin: United Kingdom
 Occupations: Historian
 Year born: 1737
 Year died: 1794
 Age: 57
 ISNI: 0000 0001 2124 4125
 LCNA: n80005416
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Original Curator: MaryC

Edward Gibbon was an English historian, writer and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788 and is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its polemical criticism of organized religion.

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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Vol 4: (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Book 4)
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 4
Gibbon offers an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell, a task made difficult by a lack of comprehensive written sources, though he was not the only historian to tackle the subject. Most of his ideas are directly taken from...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 5: (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Book 5)
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 5
A book of history written by the English historian Edward Gibbon, which traces the trajectory of Western civilization (as well as the Islamic and Mongolian conquests) from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. It was...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2: (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Book 2)
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 2
Edward Gibbon's six-volume History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776-88) is among the most magnificent and ambitious narratives in European literature. Its subject is the fate of one of the world's greatest civilizations over thirteen centuries...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3: (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Book 3)
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 3
Gibbon offers an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell, a task made difficult by a lack of comprehensive written sources, though he was not the only historian to tackle the subject. Most of his ideas are directly taken from...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 3
A Vindication of Some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire
Edward Gibbon - A Vindication of Some Passages in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Chapters of the History of the Decline and Fall of The Roman Empire
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 2
The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1: (The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Book 1)
Edward Gibbon - The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume 1
The great work of Gibbon is indispensable to the student of history. The literature of Europe offers no substitute for “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.” It has obtained undisputed possession, as rightful occupant, of the vast period...

Thema Categories: Ancient Roman History
Published in: English
Editions available: 5
Critical Observations on the Sixth Book of the Æneid
Edward Gibbon - Critical Observations on the Sixth Book of the Æneid
The 18th century was a wealth of knowledge, exploration and rapidly growing technology and expanding record-keeping made possible by advances in the printing press. In its determination to preserve the century of revolution, Gale initiated a revolution of its own...

Published in: English
Editions available: 1
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