"A valuable addition to the history shelves...a readable version of Gibbon for the contemporary reader. Highly recommended."-- Library Journal
From the Publisher
Having traveled extensively through Spain, France, Italy, and just recently, Greece and Turkey, my wife and I have had first hand experience in discovering the physical remnants of the greatest power in the history of civilization - The Roman Empire.
From the walls of Tarragona, the theaters of Lyon, and the streets of Istanbul, I have been astounded by the engineering, artistic, and political ingenuity displayed by the Romans. The Fawcett edition of GIBBON'S DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE, edited by Moses Hadas, an extremely distinguished classical scholar, affords the modern day reader a concise detail of the rich canvas that Gibbon's complete work represents. The history of Rome, the great achievements of its civilization, and the seeds of its destruction are clearly exposed in Hadas's treatment.
Anyone who cares deeply about the process of the development of modern civilization must read this book.
George Davidson, Director of Production, The Ballantine Publishing Group