The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volumen6

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Phillips, Sampson,, 1851
 

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Let's be very clear about one thing: if you write English prose, and if you read a lot and care about English prose, you should read Gibbon. His sentences are perfect. Each is carefully weighted ... Leer comentario completo

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Volume I It is a testament to the breadth of Gibbon's passion that his Decline and Fall, widely regarded as a literary monument, on reading appears merely to expatiate on some salient thoughts. The ... Leer comentario completo

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