The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire 7 Volume Set
The pre-eminent historian of his day, Edward Gibbon (1737-94) produced his magnum opus in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Reissued here is the authoritative seven-volume edition prepared by J. B. Bury (1861-1927) between 1896 and 1900. Immediately and widely acclaimed, Gibbon's work remains justly famous for its magisterial account of Roman imperialism and Christianity from the late first century CE through to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. Innovative in its use of primary sources and notable for its tone of religious scepticism, this epic narrative stands as a masterpiece of English literature and historical scholarship. Commencing with the early emperors and continuing through to the division and decline of the Western and Eastern Empires, Gibbon examines Roman culture, law, slavery and agriculture as well as the military and political events which shaped each epoch. The last volume contains indexes to the whole work.