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Edward Gibbon
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, 6: Complete in Eight Volumes (1825 edition)
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Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius.  - Edward Gibbon
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Edward Gibbon
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Born: May 8, 1737

Died: January 16, 1794 (aged 56)

Nationality: English

Occupation: Historian

Bio: Edward Gibbon 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 organized religion.

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