Edward Gibbon


Edward Gibbon
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Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion. more »

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  • ''The author himself is the best judge of his own performance; none has so deeply meditated on the subject; none is so sincerely interested in the event.''
    Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. Published in Routledge, Autobiography, p. 98 (1971). Memoirs of My Life (1796).
  • ''Truth, naked, unblushing truth, the first virtue of all serious history, must be the sole recommendation of this personal narrative.''
    Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. repr. As Autobiography (1971). Memoirs of my Life, introduction (1796).
  • It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my ...
    Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. Published in Routledge, Autobiography, p. 103 (1971). Memoirs of My Life (1796).
  • ''I sighed as a lover, I obeyed as a son.''
    Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. Memoirs of my Life, p. 55 (1796), published as Autobiography, Routledge (1971). Of his father's refu...
  • ''Crowds without company, and dissipation without pleasure.''
    Edward Gibbon (1737-1794), British historian. Memoirs of My Life, ch. 5 (1796), published as Autobiography, Routledge (1971).
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