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By Edward Gibbon

Gripping, powerfully clever, and beautifully interesting, Gibbon's vintage account of Rome ranks as one of many literary masterpieces of its age. Attacked for its enlightened perspectives on politics, sexuality, and faith, the 1st quantity used to be still stumbled on on each desk and acquired frequent approval for its based prose. Famously skeptical approximately Christianity, without notice sympathetic to the barbarian invaders and the Byzantine Empire, consistently conscious of how political leaders frequently in attaining the complete opposite of what they intend, Gibbon captured either the wide development of occasions and the numerous revealing aspect. This abridged variation compresses 13 turbulent centuries right into a unmarried epic narrative, and contours a foreword, advent, and prolonged appreciation by means of Hugh Trevor-Roper, an esteemed professor of historical past at Oxford University.

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