In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all — security, comfort, and freedom. When… …the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free.”   Sir Edward Gibbon

(8 May 1737 – 16 January 1794) was an English historian and Member of Parliament. His most important work, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, was published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. The Decline and Fall is known for the quality and irony of its prose, its use of primary sources, and its open criticism of organised religion.

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Someone turned him into a greeting card, and this is not the only one.




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  1. Despite the fact that ‘Decline and Fall’ was written so long ago it’s still a very enjoyable read. However, I never knew what Gibbon looked like that and it’s a bit of a surprise to see him looking so…flabby. You certainly can’t describe his prose that way.

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