The history of the decline and fall of the Roman empire, 9권

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Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies, 1813
 

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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 ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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That was a beast of a book. I had always wanted to read this book and the other volumes because I think it is the type of book that educated people should read. I read it in chunks throughout the ... 전체 리뷰 읽기

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