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The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
LibriVox recording of Edward Gibbon's history volumes

The History of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, a major literary achievement of the 18th century published in six volumes, was written by the celebrated English historian Edward Gibbon. Volume I was published in 1776, and went through six printings (a remarkable feat for its time). Volumes II and III were published in 1781; volumes IV, V, VI in 1788-89. The original volumes were published as quartos, a common publishing practice of the time.

The books cover the period of the Roman Empire after Marcus Aurelius, from just before 180 to 1453 and beyond, concluding in 1590. They take as their material the behaviour and decisions that led to the decay and eventual fall of the Roman Empire in the East and West, offering an explanation for why the Roman Empire fell.

Gibbon is sometimes called the first "modern historian of ancient Rome." By virtue of its mostly objective approach and highly accurate use of reference material, Gibbon's work was adopted as a model for the methodologies of 19th and 20th century historians.



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  1. Introduction and Prefaces (13.1Mb)
  2. Chapter 01 Pt. 1 (14.9Mb)
  3. Chapter 01 Pt. 2 (21.2Mb)
  4. Chapter 01 Pt. 3 (31.5Mb)
  5. Chapter 02 Pt. 1 (11.8Mb)
  6. Chapter 02 Pt. 2 (16.1Mb)
  7. Chapter 02 Pt. 3 (14.4Mb)
  8. Chapter 02 Pt. 4 (15.9Mb)
  9. Chapter 03 Pt. 1 (21.7Mb)
  10. Chapter 03 Pt. 2 (22.6Mb)
  11. Chapter 04 Pt. 1 (19.2Mb)
  12. Chapter 04 Pt. 2 (22.2Mb)
  13. Chapter 05 Pt. 1 (23.6Mb)
  14. Chapter 05 Pt. 2 (27.1Mb)
  15. Chapter 06 Pt. 1 (15.7Mb)
  16. Chapter 06 Pt. 2 (20.8Mb)
  17. Chapter 06 Pt. 3 (19.3Mb)
  18. Chapter 06 Pt. 4 (21.6Mb)
  19. Chapter 07 Pt. 1 (30.9Mb)
  20. Chapter 07 Pt. 2 (26.1Mb)
  21. Chapter 07 Pt. 3 (4.7Mb)
  22. Chapter 08 Pt. 1 (10Mb)
  23. Chapter 08 Pt. 2 (25.9Mb)
  24. Chapter 09 Pt. 1-2 (25.8Mb)
  25. Chapter 09 Pt. 3 (23.2Mb)
  26. Chapter 10 Pt. 1 (15.5Mb)
  27. Chapter 10 Pt. 2 (20.9Mb)
  28. Chapter 10 Pt. 3 (29.1Mb)
  29. Chapter 10 Pt. 4 (32.8Mb)
  30. Chapter 11 Pt. 1 (24.3Mb)
  31. Chapter 11 Pt. 2 (18.9Mb)
  32. Chapter 11 Pt. 3 (25.1Mb)
  33. Chapter 12 Pt. 1 (30Mb)
  34. Chapter 12 Pt. 2 (34.3Mb)
  35. Chapter 12 Pt. 3 (23.1Mb)
  36. Chapter 13 Pt. 1 (22.9Mb)
  37. Chapter 13 Pt. 2 (25.8Mb)
  38. Chapter 13 Pt. 3 (18.5Mb)
  39. Chapter 13 Pt. 4 (30.4Mb)
  40. Chapter 14 Pt. 1 (22.7Mb)
  41. Chapter 14 Pt. 2 (23.9Mb)
  42. Chapter 14 Pt. 3 (29.6Mb)
  43. Chapter 14 Pt. 4 (21.2Mb)
  44. Chapter 15 Pt. 1 (12.5Mb)
  45. Chapter 15 Pt. 2 (15.3Mb)
  46. Chapter 15 Pt. 3 (16.1Mb)
  47. Chapter 15 Pt. 4 (19.6Mb)
  48. Chapter 15 Pt. 5 (15.8Mb)
  49. Chapter 15 Pt. 6 (16.5Mb)
  50. Chapter 15 Pt. 7 (21.2Mb)
  51. Chapter 15 Pt. 8 (13.4Mb)
  52. Chapter 15 Pt. 9 (11.2Mb)
  53. Chapter 16 Pt. 1 (21.1Mb)
  54. Chapter 16 Pt. 2 (23.3Mb)
  55. Chapter 16 Pt. 3 (13.6Mb)
  56. Chapter 16 Pt. 4 (16Mb)
  57. Chapter 16 Pt. 5 (25.3Mb)
  58. Chapter 16 Pt. 6 (21Mb)
  59. Chapter 16 Pt. 7 (18.5Mb)
  60. Chapter 16 Pt. 8 (5.7Mb)
  61. Chapter 17 Pt. 1 (18.5Mb)
  62. Chapter 17 Pt. 2 (13.7Mb)
  63. Chapter 17 Pt. 3 (19.9Mb)
  64. Chapter 17 Pt. 4 (21.6Mb)
  65. Chapter 17 Pt. 5 (19.4Mb)
  66. Chapter 17 Pt. 6 (18.7Mb)
  67. Chapter 18 Pt. 1 (20.5Mb)
  68. Chapter 18 Pt. 2 (20.3Mb)
  69. Chapter 18 Pt. 3 (22Mb)
  70. Chapter 18 Pt. 4 (27Mb)
  71. Chapter 19 Pt. 1 (13.5Mb)
  72. Chapter 19 Pt. 2 (27.5Mb)
  73. Chapter 19 Pt. 3 (19.5Mb)
  74. Chapter 19 Pt. 4 (29.4Mb)
  75. Chapter 20 Pt. 1 (19.1Mb)
  76. Chapter 20 Pt. 2 (20.6Mb)
  77. Chapter 20 Pt. 3 (22.4Mb)
  78. Chapter 20 Pt. 4 (17.1Mb)
  79. Chapter 21 Pt. 1 (13.9Mb)
  80. Chapter 21 Pt. 2 (9Mb)
  81. Chapter 21 Pt. 3 (20.4Mb)
  82. Chapter 21 Pt. 4 (19.4Mb)
  83. Chapter 21 Pt. 5 (19.9Mb)
  84. Chapter 21 Pt. 6 (17.9Mb)
  85. Chapter 21 Pt. 7 (18.7Mb)
  86. Chapter 22 Pt. 1 (19.2Mb)
  87. Chapter 22 Pt. 2 (19.4Mb)
  88. Chapter 22 Pt. 3 (13.8Mb)
  89. Chapter 22 Pt. 4 (11Mb)
  90. Chapter 23 Pt. 1 (21.8Mb)
  91. Chapter 23 Pt. 2 (20.2Mb)
  92. Chapter 23 Pt. 3 (10.1Mb)
  93. Chapter 23 Pt. 4 (15.5Mb)
  94. Chapter 23 Pt. 5 (15.9Mb)
  95. Chapter 24 Pt. 1 (15.9Mb)
  96. Chapter 24 Pt. 2 (17.4Mb)
  97. Chapter 24 Pt. 3 (23.4Mb)
  98. Chapter 24 Pt. 4 (21.3Mb)
  99. Chapter 24 Pt. 5 (19.9Mb)
  100. Chapter 25 Pt. 1 (19.3Mb)
  101. Chapter 25 Pt. 2 (22.2Mb)
  102. Chapter 25 Pt. 3 (22.4Mb)
  103. Chapter 25 Pt. 4 (24.5Mb)
  104. Chapter 25 Pt. 5 (21.2Mb)
  105. Chapter 25 Pt. 6 (27.1Mb)
  106. Chapter 25 Pt. 7 (8.3Mb)
  107. Chapter 26 Pt. 1 (30.5Mb)
  108. Chapter 26 Pt. 2 (27.7Mb)
  109. Chapter 26 Pt. 3 (33.7Mb)
  110. Chapter 26 Pt. 4 (25.4Mb)
  111. Chapter 26 Pt. 5 (34.9Mb)
  112. Chapter 27 Pt. 1 (18.4Mb)
  113. Chapter 27 Pt. 2 (24.1Mb)
  114. Chapter 27 Pt. 3 (19Mb)
  115. Chapter 27 Pt. 4 (23.9Mb)
  116. Chapter 27 Pt. 5 (24.4Mb)
  117. Chapter 28 Pt. 1 (12.8Mb)
  118. Chapter 28 Pt. 2 (16.7Mb)
  119. Chapter 28 Pt. 3 (20.1Mb)
  120. Chapter 29 Pt. 1 (26Mb)
  121. Chapter 29 Pt. 2 (22.3Mb)
  122. Chapter 30 Pt. 1 (20.6Mb)
  123. Chapter 30 Pt. 2 (3.1Mb)
  124. Chapter 30 Pt. 3 (20.8Mb)
  125. Chapter 30 Pt. 4 (22.5Mb)
  126. Chapter 30 Pt. 5 (25.6Mb)
  127. Chapter 31 Pt. 1 (15.6Mb)
  128. Chapter 31 Pt. 2 (20.2Mb)
  129. Chapter 31 Pt. 3 (23.9Mb)
  130. Chapter 31 Pt. 4 (29.4Mb)
  131. Chapter 31 Pt. 5 (13.9Mb)
  132. Chapter 31 Pt. 6 (26.9Mb)
  133. Chapter 31 Pt. 7 (26.6Mb)
  134. Chapter 32 Pt. 1 (22Mb)
  135. Chapter 32 Pt. 2 (25.1Mb)
  136. Chapter 32 Pt. 3 (24.6Mb)
  137. Chapter 33 Pt. 1 (27.5Mb)
  138. Chapter 33 Pt. 2 (15.3Mb)
  139. Chapter 34 Pt. 1 (22.8Mb)
  140. Chapter 34 Pt. 2 (28.8Mb)
  141. Chapter 34 Pt. 3 (7.6Mb)
  142. Chapter 35 Pt. 1 (16.4Mb)
  143. Chapter 35 Pt. 2 (22.2Mb)
  144. Chapter 35 Pt. 3 (24.5Mb)
  145. Chapter 36 Pt. 1 (23.1Mb)
  146. Chapter 36 Pt. 2 (19Mb)
  147. Chapter 36 Pt. 3 (20.2Mb)
  148. Chapter 36 Pt. 4 (23.2Mb)
  149. Chapter 36 Pt. 5 (20.7Mb)
  150. Chapter 37 Pt. 1 (15.4Mb)
  151. Chapter 37 Pt. 2 (17.6Mb)
  152. Chapter 37 Pt. 3 (18.9Mb)
  153. Chapter 37 Pt. 4 (17.9Mb)
  154. Chapter 38 Pt. 1 (22.3Mb)
  155. Chapter 38 Pt. 2 (21.2Mb)
  156. Chapter 38 Pt. 3 (20.3Mb)
  157. Chapter 38 Pt. 4 (27Mb)
  158. Chapter 38 Pt. 5 (16.6Mb)
  159. Chapter 38 Pt. 6 (19.3Mb)
  160. Chapter 39 Pt. 1 (28.6Mb)
  161. Chapter 39 Pt. 2 (13.7Mb)
  162. Chapter 39 Pt. 3 (25.5Mb)
  163. Chapter 40 Pt. 1 (20.5Mb)
  164. Chapter 40 Pt. 2 (25.3Mb)
  165. Chapter 40 Pt. 3 (25.3Mb)
  166. Chapter 40 Pt. 4 (32.7Mb)
  167. Chapter 40 Pt. 5 (30.9Mb)
  168. Chapter 41 Pt. 1 (29.4Mb)
  169. Chapter 41 Pt. 2 (25Mb)
  170. Chapter 41 Pt. 3 (50.3Mb)
  171. Chapter 41 Pt. 4 (23Mb)
  172. Chapter 41 Pt. 5 (22.7Mb)
  173. Chapter 42 Pt. 1 (23.9Mb)
  174. Chapter 42 Pt. 2 (21Mb)
  175. Chapter 42 Pt. 3 (26.2Mb)
  176. Chapter 42 Pt. 4 (29.1Mb)
  177. Chapter 43 Pt. 1 (26.5Mb)
  178. Chapter 43 Pt. 2 (25.6Mb)
  179. Chapter 43 Pt. 3 (27.6Mb)
  180. Chapter 43 Pt. 4 (23.1Mb)
  181. Chapter 44 Pt. 1 (7.6Mb)
  182. Chapter 44 Pt. 2 (14.6Mb)
  183. Chapter 44 Pt. 3 (16.1Mb)
  184. Chapter 44 Pt. 4 (17.4Mb)
  185. Chapter 44 Pt. 5 (25Mb)
  186. Chapter 44 Pt. 6 (19.8Mb)
  187. Chapter 44 Pt. 7 (23Mb)
  188. Chapter 44 Pt. 8 (13.4Mb)
  189. Chapter 45 Pt. 1 (27.2Mb)
  190. Chapter 45 Pt. 2 (30.3Mb)
  191. Chapter 45 Pt. 3 (22.3Mb)
  192. Chapter 46 Pt. 1 (27.7Mb)
  193. Chapter 46 Pt. 2 (25.5Mb)
  194. Chapter 46 Pt. 3 (30.6Mb)
  195. Chapter 46 Pt. 4 (23.4Mb)
  196. Chapter 47 Pt. 1 (20.4Mb)
  197. Chapter 47 Pt. 2 (22.1Mb)
  198. Chapter 47 Pt. 3 (22.8Mb)
  199. Chapter 47 Pt. 4 (25.3Mb)
  200. Chapter 47 Pt. 5 (31.3Mb)
  201. Chapter 47 Pt. 6 (14.5Mb)
  202. Chapter 48 Pt. 1 (33.2Mb)
  203. Chapter 48 Pt. 2 (39.8Mb)
  204. Chapter 48 Pt. 3 (36.3Mb)
  205. Chapter 48 Pt. 4 (43.5Mb)
  206. Chapter 48 Pt. 5 (41.5Mb)
  207. Chapter 49 Pt. 1 (22.7Mb)
  208. Chapter 49 Pt. 2 (29Mb)
  209. Chapter 49 Pt. 3 (28.3Mb)
  210. Chapter 49 Pt. 4 (26Mb)
  211. Chapter 49 Pt. 5 (31.1Mb)
  212. Chapter 49 Pt. 6 (24.2Mb)
  213. Chapter 50 Pt. 1 (17.2Mb)
  214. Chapter 50 Pt. 2 (20.5Mb)
  215. Chapter 50 Pt. 3 (19.3Mb)
  216. Chapter 50 Pt. 4 (22.3Mb)
  217. Chapter 50 Pt. 5 (20.3Mb)
  218. Chapter 50 Pt. 6 (28.1Mb)
  219. Chapter 50 Pt. 7 (17.3Mb)
  220. Chapter 50 Pt. 8 (22.4Mb)
  221. Chapter 51 Pt. 1 (17.4Mb)
  222. Chapter 51 Pt. 2 (23Mb)
  223. Chapter 51 Pt. 3 (29.3Mb)
  224. Chapter 51 Pt. 4 (2.9Mb)
  225. Chapter 51 Pt. 5 (20.8Mb)
  226. Chapter 51 Pt. 6 (24Mb)
  227. Chapter 51 Pt. 7 (16.3Mb)
  228. Chapter 51 Pt. 8 (30.3Mb)
  229. Chapter 51 Pt. 9 (24.5Mb)
  230. Chapter 52 Pt. 1 (22.1Mb)
  231. Chapter 52 Pt. 2 (27.1Mb)
  232. Chapter 52 Pt. 3 (22.7Mb)
  233. Chapter 52 Pt. 4 (30.8Mb)
  234. Chapter 52 Pt. 5 (20.8Mb)
  235. Chapter 53 Pt. 1 (24.4Mb)
  236. Chapter 53 Pt. 2 (17.5Mb)
  237. Chapter 53 Pt. 3 (31.5Mb)
  238. Chapter 53 Pt. 4 (23.1Mb)
  239. Chapter 54 Pt. 1 (21.7Mb)
  240. Chapter 54 Pt. 2 (16.3Mb)
  241. Chapter 55 Pt. 1 (16.3Mb)
  242. Chapter 55 Pt. 2 (22.6Mb)
  243. Chapter 55 Pt. 3 (21.7Mb)
  244. Chapter 56 Pt. 1 (23Mb)
  245. Chapter 56 Pt. 2 (19.8Mb)
  246. Chapter 56 Pt. 3 (24.3Mb)
  247. Chapter 56 Pt. 4 (23Mb)
  248. Chapter 56 Pt. 5 (18.3Mb)
  249. Chapter 57 Pt. 1 (21.4Mb)
  250. Chapter 57 Pt. 2 (21.7Mb)
  251. Chapter 57 Pt. 3 (20.3Mb)
  252. Chapter 58 Pt. 1 (23.3Mb)
  253. Chapter 58 Pt. 2 (22.1Mb)
  254. Chapter 58 Pt. 3 (28.4Mb)
  255. Chapter 58 Pt. 4 (32.9Mb)
  256. Chapter 58 Pt. 5 (23.5Mb)
  257. Chapter 59 Pt. 1 (28.5Mb)
  258. Chapter 59 Pt. 2 (28.6Mb)
  259. Chapter 59 Pt. 3 (31.4Mb)
  260. Chapter 60 Pt. 1 (40.3Mb)
  261. Chapter 60 Pt. 2 (32.7Mb)
  262. Chapter 60 Pt. 3 (37.2Mb)
  263. Chapter 61 Pt. 1 (31.2Mb)
  264. Chapter 61 Pt. 2 (28.1Mb)
  265. Chapter 61 Pt. 3 (19.1Mb)
  266. Chapter 61 Pt. 4 (23.3Mb)
  267. Chapter 62 Pt. 1 (24.5Mb)
  268. Chapter 62 Pt. 2 (21.5Mb)
  269. Chapter 62 Pt. 3 (12.8Mb)
  270. Chapter 63 Pt. 1 (26Mb)
  271. Chapter 63 Pt. 2 (34.2Mb)
  272. Chapter 64 Pt. 1 (8.3Mb)
  273. Chapter 64 Pt. 2 (26.5Mb)
  274. Chapter 64 Pt. 3 (31.4Mb)
  275. Chapter 64 Pt. 4 (21.5Mb)
  276. Chapter 65 Pt. 1 (23.8Mb)
  277. Chapter 65 Pt. 2 (24.4Mb)
  278. Chapter 65 Pt. 3 (32.7Mb)
  279. Chapter 66 Pt. 1 (19.9Mb)
  280. Chapter 66 Pt. 2 (20.6Mb)
  281. Chapter 66 Pt. 3 (20.1Mb)
  282. Chapter 66 Pt. 4 (23.7Mb)
  283. Chapter 67 Pt. 1 (25.3Mb)
  284. Chapter 67 Pt. 2 (23.9Mb)
  285. Chapter 68 Pt. 1 (18.9Mb)
  286. Chapter 68 Pt. 2 (22.2Mb)
  287. Chapter 68 Pt. 3 (22.7Mb)
  288. Chapter 68 Pt. 4 (28.5Mb)
  289. Chapter 69 Pt. 1 (24.8Mb)
  290. Chapter 69 Pt. 2 (15.7Mb)
  291. Chapter 69 Pt. 3 (27.1Mb)
  292. Chapter 69 Pt. 4 (18.4Mb)
  293. Chapter 70 Pt. 1 (19.7Mb)
  294. Chapter 70 Pt. 2 (21.4Mb)
  295. Chapter 70 Pt. 3 (28.1Mb)
  296. Chapter 70 Pt. 4 (20.2Mb)
  297. Chapter 71 Pt. 1 (21.5Mb)
  298. Chapter 71 Pt. 2 (21.2Mb)

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