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Dec 30

Edward Gibbon: “The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire”

Edward Gibbon’s enormous “The Decline And Fall Of The Roman Empire” was – especially by 18th Century standards – a literary success. Published in six volumes between 1776 and 1789, it covers everything from the time of Marcus Aurelius (emperor at the beginning of “Gladiator“, if you’re not up on your Roman history), right through to the 15th Century.

In fact, Gibbon’s history was considered so good it was used as a model for historians until the present day. It even featured as a plot point in an episode of “Hancock’s Half Hour” – although it was only to allow him to reach a copy of Darcy Sarto’s “Lady Don’t Fall Backwards” off the top shelf…

In any event, there’s no struggling with huge volumes here. Simply download the volunteer-read MP3 (or OGG, if you prefer) files from LibriVox and start listening. They are quite large, @historyscientis, author of the excellent History Books Review assures me that the whole thing is worth it – thanks for the information 😉

All 6 volumes are here:

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