The Enlightenment Period

The Philosophes

What did Edward Gibbon contribute?

Edward Gibbon (1737–1794) wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, which was published between 1776 and 1788. This tome is still read today. Gibbon argued that Rome fell because of invasions by barbarians and the corruption of Christianity that rendered the citizens of Rome “servile and pusillanimous.”


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