The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire, Volume 8 (Google eBook)

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Abraham Small and M. Carey, 1816 - Byzantine Empire
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Review: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I

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Let's be very clear about one thing: if you write English prose, and if you read a lot and care about English prose, you should read Gibbon. His sentences are perfect. Each is carefully weighted ... Read full review

Review: The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Volume I

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It speaks to the genius of Gibbon, and the grandeur of this work, that there are no historians or social scientists who call themselves 'Gibbonians'. There are Marxists, Freudians, Foucaultians; there ... Read full review

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