Birth of Historian Edward Gibbon, Author of 'History of Decline and Fall of Roman Empire'

Birth of Historian Edward Gibbon, Author of 'History of Decline and Fall of Roman Empire'

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Edward Gibbon is born. As a historian, Gibbon's most famous and influential work will be The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

Gibbon's book is unusual in how footnotes play an important role. Any scholarly book will have important information and references contained in footnotes, but Gibbon's Decline and Fall contains nearly eight thousand of them.

Gibbon will also be very cynical and skeptical regarding traditional religious beliefs and, as a result, criticisms of Christianity appear through his books — something which angers the more pious readers of his day.

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