Edward Gibbon - Author
1737-1794
English
History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.

Edward Gibbon

'The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire' by Edward Gibbon (1737 - 1794) is a work that is instantly familiar to most ears, even to those who would never consider reading it. It comprises 71 chapters, approximately 1,500,000 words, and nearly 8,000 footnotes and covers a time span of close to 1,500 years. Still in use as a reliable record of the period, it has been described as 'the greatest prose epic in the English tongue'.

Books by Edward Gibbon