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‘On that Celebrated Ground’: Equivalency in the First Volume of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was written over two decades in the second half of the eighteenth century, but it is frustratingly difficult to trace the ... More


Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Charlotte Roberts

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s presentation of character in both the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and in his posthumously published Memoirs demonstrates a prevailing interest in the values of ... More


Introduction: Shaping Edward Gibbon

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has been viewed since its publication as an unimpeachable monolith of scholarship and literature, and, more recently, as a complex, ... More


Gibbon’s Characters: Identity and Personhood in the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter explores Edward Gibbon’s presentation of character in his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire in relation to two eighteenth-century intellectual developments. The first ... More


‘To Unite the Most Distant Revolutions’: Inheritance in the Second and Third Volumes of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines Edward Gibbon’s treatment of the idea of inheritance in the second and third volumes of the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. The corruption of this period of ... More


‘A Solemn and Mournful Recollection’: Repetition in the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Volumes of the Decline and Fall

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The last three volumes of Edward Gibbon’s History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire describe the final corruption and fall of empire in the East. This chapter examines how loss and pathos ... More


The Marmoreal Edward Gibbon: The Memoirs and the Ruins of Rome

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

This chapter examines Edward Gibbon’s six unfinished Memoirs and their relationship with his History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Many critics have stressed the mastery and coherence ... More


Conclusion: Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Charlotte Roberts

in Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780198704836
eISBN:
9780191789458
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 18th-century Literature, Prose (inc. letters, diaries)

The form of Gibbon’s Memoirs – left in six incomplete versions at his death – can be explained with reference to Gibbon’s views on moderation. Equilibrium ought to be achieved, Gibbon believed, ... More


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