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Edward Gibbon and the Shape of History

Charlotte Roberts


Edward Gibbon’s presentation of character in both the History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire and in his posthumously published Memoirs demonstrates a prevailing interest in the values of transcendent heroism and individual liberty, but also an insistent awareness of the dangers these values pose to coherence and narrative order. In this study, Dr Roberts demonstrates how these dynamics also inform the ‘character’ of the Decline and Fall: in which ironic difference confronts enervating uniformity; oddity counters specious lucidity, and revision combats repetition. Edward Gibbon and ... More

Keywords: Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall, Memoirs, history, Rome, character, shape, narrative, style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198704836
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198704836.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Charlotte Roberts, author
Lecturer in English, University College London