The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire - Edward Gibbon

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  1. Azlan Marenellin

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    Hey everyone, so I study history as a hobby. My favourite time period is the late Roman Republic, and the early Roman Empire. I've recently acquired and begun reading an abridged edition of Edward Gibbon's work. Has anyone else read it? The specific edition I'm reading is from 1994, from publisher Wordsworth Editions.
     
  2. Elia LePhant

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    I haven't but I just looked it up, and it looks really interesting! I'll have to check it out from the library. :D I love Roman history.
     
  3. Azlan Marenellin

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    I really want to read the original, but I understand it was abridged to remove incorrect information. Rome is my favourite historical focus, but I also study Viking Age Iceland
     
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    Awesome! Have you read Laxdaela Saga? It's one of my favorites. I'm a big medieval Iceland fan.
     
  5. Aduiavas Ida

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    I have a bachelor in history. This book was not curriculum, but several of the books mentions Gibbons main points, and my professor was a BIG fan. So much a fan, that the main points came up pretty much every class, and our qualification essay was about his main point.

    I'm telling you, however much I love reading history books, I am not reading a 6 volume book series, when I can get all the important main points from the book that was in our curriculum.

    This book in particular:
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  6. Sorcha Al'Verdan

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    Pretty sure I'm watching it live, just not in Rome...
     
  7. Azlan Marenellin

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    You're probably right @Sorcha Al'Verdan Sedai.

    @Elia LePhant Sedai I may have read that Saga? I'm not sure. I'm terrible at names. I've read most of the Havamal and bits and pieces of two or three Sagas. I've been lazy lately, mostly due to work.

    @Aduiavas Ida Sedai the copy I'm reading is greatly abridged. From the 6 volumes, they chose 28 chapters and even further abridged to only contain pertinent information. The main issue I have is the language. I find the flow to be impeded by the flowery language.
     
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    :lol Flowery language is a thing many 18th and 19th century writers are known for :p And then just imagine how much flowery language they have omitted :eek
     
  9. Lenore Carvoe

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    As a historian, I highly recommend to not stay at Gibbon's work only. Yes, he has his merits, but the basic thoughts of his analysis are relativised by today's historians. Today's picture of Rome in the Late Antiquity is due to in the meanwhile known social and economical factors - i. e. from archaeology - far more differentiated. Secondary literature is a must.
     
  10. Azlan Marenellin

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    Thank you Lenore Sedai! I really appreciate the advise!