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The Cambridge Companion to Edward Gibbon
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Edward Gibbon's History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in three instalments from 1776 to 1788, is widely regarded as the greatest work of history in the English language. Starting with the accession of the Roman Emperor Commodus in the late second century CE, Gibbon's work traverses thirteen centuries, encompassing the rise of Christianity and of Islam, the collapse of the Roman Empire in the West, and the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453. This Companion provides a comprehensive overview of the intellectual roots, contemporary European contexts, literary style and thematic scale of Gibbon's achievement. Alongside the History, it gives an introduction to Gibbon's other works, including the Memoirs he left unfinished at his death and previously unpublished material. Leading international scholars in the fields of classics, geography, history and literature provide a comprehensive account of Gibbon's monumental account of decline, fall and global historical transformation.

Karen O'Brien is Head of Humanities and Professor of English Literature at the University of Oxford. She is the author of Narratives of Enlightenment: Cosmopolitan History from Voltaire to Gibbon (Cambridge,1997), Women and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century Britain (Cambridge, 2009) and, as co-editor with Peter Garside, The Oxford History of the Novel: British and British Fiction: 1750 820 (2015). Brian Young is Associate Professor of History at the University of Oxford where he is Charles Stuart Tutor at Christ Church. His publications include Religion and Enlightenment in Eighteenth-Century England: Theological Debate from Locke to Burke (1998) and The Victorian Eighteenth Century: An Intellectual History (2007). He has edited, with Richard Whatmore, A Companion to Intellectual History (2016).

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