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On This Day Edward Gibbon Died

By January 16, 2014

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On This Day in Modern History - January 16, 1794 -

Picture of Edward Gibbon. Public Domain. Courtesy of Wikipedia.

One of the most important historians of ancient Rome died. He was Edward Gibbon and is sometimes considered the first modern historian. His 6-volume Roman history was drawn from primary sources instead of relying only on secondary accounts. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is still read today.

Gibbon was born near London in 1737, attended Oxford, and published the first volume of his monumental work in 1776.

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January 16, 2011 at 10:50 pm
(1) Danny Adams says:

I actually *was* reading it today, for research on a novel about Alaric. I had no idea about the anniversary.

January 16, 2013 at 1:15 pm
(2) Chuck Dupree says:

Gibbon was the greatest writer of English prose who has yet lived.

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