Edward Gibbon (27 April 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.
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... The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–88), Edward Gibbon famously placed the blame on a loss of civic virtue among the Roman ... Gibbon held that Christianity contributed to this shift by making the populace less interested in the worldly here-and-now because it was willing to wait ...
... Gibbon's work has been criticised for its scathing view of Christianity as laid down in chapters XV and XVI ... Gibbon's alleged crime was disrespecting, and none too lightly, the character of sacred Christian doctrine, by "treat the Christian church as a phenomenon of general history, not a special case ... Gibbon, though assumed to be entirely anti-religion, was actually supportive to some extent, insofar as it did not obscure his true endeavour – a history that was not influenced and swayed by official church doctrine ...
... She is a noted expert on the historian Edward Gibbon, the author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire ... Craddock has published a two-volume biography, Young Edward Gibbon Gentleman of Letters (Johns Hopkins, 1982) and Edward Gibbon "Luminous" Historian (Johns Hopkins, 1989) ...
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“Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.”
—Edward Gibbon (17371794)
“The music of an unhappy people, of the children of disappointment; they tell of death and suffering and unvoiced longing toward a truer world, of misty wanderings and hidden ways.”
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