The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Edited and Abridged): Abridged Edition

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 14, 2009 - History - 1312 pages
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Edited, abridged, and with a critical Foreword by Hans-Friedrich Mueller
Introduction by Daniel J. Boorstin
Illustrations by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Edward Gibbon’s masterpiece, which narrates the history of the Roman Empire from the second century A.D. to its collapse in the west in the fifth century and in the east in the fifteenth century, is widely considered the greatest work of history ever written. This abridgment retains the full scope of the original, but in a breadth comparable to a novel. Casual readers now have access to the full sweep of Gibbon’s narrative, while instructors and students have a volume that can be read in a single term. This unique edition emphasizes elements ignored in all other abridgments—in particular the role of religion in the empire and the rise of Islam.
 

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Contents

I1 REIGN or CLAUDIUS DEFEAT 01 THE GoTIIs
179
REIo 1 or DIOCLETIAX AND His TIIREE ASSOClAlIS
195
REUNION or THE EMPIRE
213
ss or THE CHRISTIAN RlILlilO
237
T TOWARDS THE CHRISTIANS FROM NERO
276
VOLUME THE SECOND
290
CO ERSlON or CONSlANllNE
401
VOLUME THE THIRD
428
STATE 01 ITALY UNDER TIIE L0 IBARDs
788
5 IN PERSIA
800
ECZLl1Sl SllCIL DIsc0RD
815
SuccEssION AND CIIARAcTERs or THE GREEK EMPERORS
855
CONQUEST OF ITALY BY THE FR ANRs
869
DES3RPTlN 01 ARABIA AND Ts INHABITANTs
893
CONQUESTS BY TIII1 ARABS
944
MQRE CONQUESTS BY THE ARABs
961

DESTRUCTION or P GA ISM
540
REv0Er or THE GoTHs
546
INVASION or ITALY OCCUPATION or TERRITORIES
563
EMPERORS ARCADIUS EuTRoPIus THEODOSIUS II
578
COXQUEST or AFRICA BY THE VANDALS
594
ATTILA
604
v AsI0N BY ATTII A
610
TOTAL EXTINCTION or THE WEsTIRN E 1PlRli
620
CONvERsION OF THE BARBARIANs T0 CHRIsIIANIT
643
REIGN OF CI 0vIs
659
VOLUME THE FOURTH PREFACE TO THE F0uRTH VOLUME OF THE ORIGINAL QuARTO EDITION
687
GoTHIc KINGDOM or ITALY
691
REIGN 0E_usTINIAN
699
11 CONQUES1S 0EusTINIAI CHARAcTER OF BELISARIUS
725
STATE 01 THE BAREARIC W0RI D
736
LAST VICTORY AND DEATH 01 BEI IsARIus DEATH OF JUSTINIAX
747
IDEA or THE ROMAN_URlSPRUDENCl
762
FATE OF THE EASTERN EMPIRE
982
ORIGIN AND D0cTRI IE or THE PAULICIANS
1003
THE BuL ARIANs THE HuNARIA s AND THE RussIANs
1012
Ns THE FRANKS AND THE NORMANS
1020
THE TURKS
1029
THE FIRST CRUSADE
1047
THE CRUSADES
1075
THE FOURTH CRLJSAIl
1094
tH NI VllllllANS
1104
GREEK EMPERORS or NIcE AND CONSTANTINOPLE
1108
Ls 0lTM N TURKS H36 65 TIIIouR OR T MF RI NF H53 66 UNION OF THE GREEK AND LATIN CHuRcHEs 116
1187
REIGN or MoH 1I iEo THE SECOND EXTINCTION or EASTERN EMPIRE
1197
SlATli or ROME FROM THE TWELFTH CENlLRY
1219
FINAL SETTLEMENT OF THE ECCLESIASTICAL STATIZ
1232
PROSPECT OF THE RuINs or ROME IN THE FIITI E 1rH CENTURY
1243
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Hans-Friedrich Mueller is the William D. Williams Professor of Classics at Union College in Schenectady, New York, and the author of Roman Religion in Valerius Maximus.
 
Daniel J. Boorstin, Pulitzer Prize–winning historian and Librarian of Congress emeritus, is the author of many books, including The Creators and The Discoverers.

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