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

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Random House Publishing Group, Oct 14, 2009 - History - 886 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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Men Behaving Badly. It's probably true that no abridgement is adequate against the complete unabridged series, but since I don't have it in me to read all six volumes, this particular abridgement will ... Read full review

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Having studied, written about, and taught antiquity and Mediterranean history for some time now, and come across countless differing interpretations of the Roman world and it's legacy, Gibbon's work ... Read full review

About the author (2009)

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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