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The students of history can be greatly benefited by the work of Edward Gibbon. There could be no substitute for the “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” in the European Literature. It has achieved uninterrupted proclamation of a vast period of time comprehended by it. Some of the subjects embraced by the journal have undergone complete investigation and research of the entire period of ancient time. This piece of history is considered as the sole authority which would appeal the few original writers or even to the modern editors and compilers. The intrinsic interest of the historical subject and the immense labor entrusted upon it, the inexhaustible condensation of content; the magnificent arrangement; the overall style and accuracy; these factors are completely vigorous and highly picturesque which would command great attention. It would always convey the overall and the deepest meaning with unending energy which is described in singular breadth accuracy. The journal has made its permanent mark in the historic European literature.
The vast compilation and the design of Gibbon, and the supremacy with which he has cast and portrayed the downfall of the Roman Empire; the birth and formation of the new things and principles; are all accurately rendered by the “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. As stated by the eminent French editor M. Guizot; the decline of the most extraordinary civilization which was ever able to invade and oppress the world; the fall of the vast prosperous empire, which was erected on the ruins of many republics, kingdoms, and barbarous states. The annihilation of the religion of Rome and Greece was witnessed with the birth and advancement of the two religions which shared the most beautiful era of the Earth by the degenerative manners and the expiring glory. The Roman Empire observed the infancy of the modern world and the flashbacks of its first advancement with a new direction given to man and culture.
The work of Gibbon has distinguished the harmony of design from all other European historical literature. He is the first person to bridge the gap between the ancient and the modern era and has successfully managed to connect the two realms of the historical worlds. The main advantage which is possessed by the classical historians over the modern ones is that they have a unity of plan and its execution. They have been indeed provided with the narrow sphere of information and technology which confines their research process. Except for Herodotus (the great ancient historian of Greece), the modern compilers like Diodorus Siculus; these limited themselves to a single historic period or to the sphere of the Greek affairs.
When the barbarians surpassed the boundaries of Greece, they were admitted to glance through the Grecian history. To the Roman historians, Rome had been their center of unity. Gibbon has always placed Rome as the central point of his research in all the classical models of his imitations. It was not exactly possible for Gibbon to remember the dates but the events and the occurrences were precisely clear in his mind. Whether he portrays the progress of the hostile religions, or the leadings from the shores of the Baltic, or the advent of the Chinese empire, the successive advent of the barbarians – he made it all flow in the same direction.
The design of this edition has been partly referred to as correct, partially supplementary and corrective. Some sort of inaccuracies or ill-statements might be encountered in the context of the reference to Christianity. All the views of the early advancement of Christianity could be disassembled on the early depravations of Christianity.
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