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Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire immediately captured the attention of a wide readership and has remained popular ever since. However, it is also an extremely complex work, published in multiple volumes, which covers a enormous range of topics and drew on a variety of sources and historiographic traditions. In this guidebook, David Womersley introduces the ideas, context and influence of this monumental work to a modern audience. This book:
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David Womersley is the Thomas Warton Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford. He edited a three volume edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and is also the author of The Transformation of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and Gibbon and the ‘Watchmen of the Holy City’: The Historian and his Reputation, 1776-1814.
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