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    Gibbon and the city of Rome

    Edwards, Catharine (2018) Gibbon and the city of Rome. In: O'Brien, K. and Young, B. (eds.) The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon. Cambridge Companions to Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 62-77. ISBN 9781107625020.

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    Abstract

    Book synopsis: Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in three instalments from 1776 to 1788, is widely regarded as the greatest work of history in the English language. Starting with the accession of the Roman Emperor Commodus in the late second century CE, Gibbon's work traverses thirteen centuries, encompassing the rise of Christianity and of Islam, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the intellectual roots, contemporary European contexts, literary style and thematic scale of Gibbon's achievement. Alongside the History, it gives an introduction to Gibbon's other works, including the Memoirs he left unfinished at his death and previously unpublished material. Leading international scholars in the fields of classics, geography, history and literature provide a comprehensive account of Gibbon's monumental account of decline, fall and global historical transformation.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > History, Classics and Archaeology
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2018 09:45
    Last Modified: 17 Sep 2018 09:45
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/23938

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