The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume I: A.D. 180 to A.D. 395 (A Modern Library E-Book)
'It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind,' recorded Edward Gibbon with characteristic exactitude. Over a period of some twenty years, the luminous eighteenth-century historian--a precise, dapper, idiosyncratic little gentleman famous for rapping his snuff-box--devoted his considerable genius to writing an epic chronicle of the entire Roman Empire's decline. His single flash of inspiration produced what is arguably the greatest historical work in any language--and surely the most magnificent narrative history ever written in English. 'Gibbon is one of those few who hold as high a place in the history of literature as in the roll of great historians,' noted Professor J.B. Bury, his most celebrated editor.
This three-volume Modern Library edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire--with Gibbon's notes--is edited with a general introduction and index by Bury, along with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin. The Volumes are illstrated with reproductions of etchings by Gian Battista Piranesi.
The first volume contains chapters one through twenty-six of The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire.
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THE ARCH OF TITUS
THE COLISEUM AND ARCH OF CONSTANTINE
THE BASILICA OF CONSTANTINE
THE TEMPLE OF VESPASIAN
A VIEW OF THE ROMAN FORUM
PORTICO OF THE TEMPLE OF SATURN
COLUMN OF PHOCAS ARCH OF SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
THE TEMPLE OF ANTONINUS FAUSTINA
SUBSTRUCTURE OF THE TEMPLE OF CLAUDIUS
THE TEMPLE OF VENUS ROME
CRYPT UNDER THE CAPITOLINE HILL
THE THEATRE OF MARCELLUS
THE FIRE WALL FORUM OF AUGUSTUS
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