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The transformation of The decline and fall of the Roman Empire - David Womersley

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Title
The transformation of The decline and fall of the Roman Empire
Author
David Womersley
format
Hardback
Publisher
Cambridge University Press
Language
English
UK Publication Date
19881117

David Womersley's book investigates Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire as both a work of literature and a work of history, examining its style and irony, tracing its classical and French sources, and highlighting the importance of its composition in three instalments over a period of twenty years. Dr Womersley discusses each of these instalments in detail, plotting the work's transformation from conception to completion, and relating this to the achievements and limitations of the philosophic historiography which Gibbon inherited from Montesquieu and Hume, but finally discarded. The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire emerges from this study as a work more flexible in its sympathies and surprising in its judgements than has hitherto been granted, while the magnitude of Gibbon's achievement as a stylist, historian and thinker is brought into sharper focus.

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Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Rome - History - Empire, 30 B.C.-476 A.D. - Historiography.|Byzantine Empire - Historiography.
Country of Publication
England
Number of Pages
318

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