The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire Additional Summary

Edward Gibbon


(Critical Survey of Literature for Students)

Gibbon, Edward. Memoirs of My Life, Edited from the Manuscripts by Georges A. Bonnard. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1969. Accepted as the definitive critical edition of Gibbon’s memoirs. Chapter 7 gives Gibbon’s account of his writing on the Roman Empire. Includes extensive notes.

Grant, Michael. The Fall of the Roman Empire: A Reappraisal. Radnor, Pa.: Annenberg School Press, 1976. A reappraisal written as a tribute to Gibbon. Provides analysis of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall and gives a twentieth century perspective to the work.

Jordan, David P. Gibbon and His Roman Empire. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 1971. A critical analysis of Gibbon. Discusses Gibbon’s claim that he was “the historian of the Roman Empire.” The last chapters reconstruct The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire from Jordan’s perspective. Jordan concludes that Gibbon created his own Roman Empire, then described its decline and fall.

McKitterick, Rosamond, and Roland Quinault, eds. Edward Gibbon and Empire. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997. Collection of essays about Decline and Fall, including analyses of Gibbon’s account of various aspects of Roman history, the book’s views of religion, his concept for the history, his depiction of the Roman Empire as a universal monarchy, and Gibbon and Winston...

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