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Gibbon, Edward
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(Apr 27, 1737, Putney, Surrey – Jan 16, 1794, London), historian and the author of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776–1788). His work shows meticulous accuracy in handling original sources, as well as familiarity with recent French and Italian historians. This combined with an elegant style gave Gibbon immediate acclaim from the publication of the first volume. Gibbon's treatment of the Early Church, controversial at the time, proved a landmark since he adopted a sociological rather than a providential standpoint. This was not impart…

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Keith, Graham A., “Gibbon, Edward”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 February 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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