The pre-eminent historian of his day, Edward Gibbon (1737–94) produced his magnum opus in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Reissued here is the authoritative seven-volume edition prepared by J. B. Bury (1861–1927) between 1896 and 1900. Immediately and widely acclaimed, Gibbon's work remains justly famous for its magisterial account of Roman imperialism and Christianity from the late first century CE through to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. Innovative in its use of primary sources and notable for its ...
The pre-eminent historian of his day, Edward Gibbon (1737–94) produced his magnum opus in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. Reissued here is the authoritative seven-volume edition prepared by J. B. Bury (1861–1927) between 1896 and 1900. Immediately and widely acclaimed, Gibbon's work remains justly famous for its magisterial account of Roman imperialism and Christianity from the late first century CE through to the fall of Constantinople and beyond. Innovative in its use of primary sources and notable for its tone of religious scepticism, this epic narrative stands as a masterpiece of English literature and historical scholarship. Commencing with the early emperors and continuing through to the division and decline of the Western and Eastern Empires, Gibbon examines Roman culture, law, slavery and agriculture as well as the military and political events which shaped each epoch. The last volume contains indexes to the whole work.
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Table of Contents
Volume 1: Preface; Introduction; 1. The extent and military force of the empire, in the age of the Antonines; 2. Of the union and internal prosperity of the Roman empire in the age of the Antonines; 3. Of the constitution of the Roman empire, in the age of the Antonines; 4. The cruelty, follies and murder of Commodus; 5. Public sale of the empire to Didius Julianus by the praetorian guards; 6. The death of Severus; 7. The elevation and tyranny of Maximin; 8. Of the state of Persia after the restoration of the monarchy by Artaxerxes; 9. The state of Germany till the invasion of the barbarians, in the time of the emperor Decius; 10. The emperors Decius, Gallus, Aemilianus, Valerian, and Gallienus; 11. Reign of Claudius; 12. Conduct of the army and senate after the death of Aurelian; 13. The reign of Diocletian and his three associates; 14. Troubles after the abdication of Diocletian. Volume 2: 15. The progress of the Christian religion; 16. The conduct of the Roman government towards the Christians; 17. Foundation of Constantinople; 18. Character of Constantine; 19. Constantius sole emperor; 20. The motives, progress, and effects of the conversion of Constantine; 21. Persecution of heresy; 22. Julian is declared emperor by the legions of Gaul; 23. The religion of Julian; 24. Residence of Julian at Antioch. Volume 3: 25. The government and death of Jovian; 26. Manners of the pastoral nations; 27. Dearth of Gratian; 28. Final destruction of paganism; 29. Final division of the Roman empire between the sons of Theodosius; 30. Revolt of the Goths; 31. Invasion of Italy by Alaric; 32. Arcadius emperor of the east; 33. Death of Honorius; 34. The character, conquests, and court of Attila, king of the Huns; 35. Invasion of Gaul by Attila. Volume 4: 36. Sack of Rome by Genseric, king of the Vandals; 37. Origin, progress, and effects of the monastic life; 38. Reign and conversion of Clovis; 39. Zeno and Anastasius, emperors of the east; 40. Elevation of Justin the Elder; 41. Conquests of Justinian in the west; 42. State of the barbaric world; 43. Rebellions of Africa; 44. Idea of the Roman jurisprudence. Volume 5: 45. Reign of the younger Justin; 46. Revolutions of Persia; 47. Theological history of the doctrine of the incarnation; 48. Plan of the last four volumes; 49. Introduction, worship and persecution of images; 50. Description of Arabia and its inhabitants; 51. The conquest of Persia, Syria, Egypt, Africa, and Spain by the Arabs or Saracens. Volume 6: 52. The two sieges of Constantinople by the Arabs; 53. State of the eastern empire in the tenth century; 54. Origin and doctrine of the Paulicians; 55. The Bulgarians; 56. The Saracens, Franks, and Greeks, in Italy; 57. The Turks of the house of Seljuk; 58. Origin and numbers of the First Crusade; 59. Preservation of the Greek empire; 60. Schism of the Greeks and Latins; 61. Partition and empire by the French and Venetians; 62. The Greek emperors of Nice and Constantinople; 63. Civil wars, and the ruin of the Greek empire. Volume 7: 64. Conquests of Zingis Khan and the Moguls from China to Poland; 65. Elevation of Timour or Tamerlane to the throne of Samarcand; 66. Application of the eastern emperors to the popes; 67. Schism of the Greeks and Latins; 68. Reign and character of Mahomet the Second; 69. State of Rome from the twelfth century; 70. Character and coronation of Petrarch; 71. Prospect of the ruins of Rome in the fifteenth century; Index.