Hektoen International

A Journal of Medical Humanities

Tag: The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

  • Edward Gibbon’s decline and fall

    The author of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire was fifty-two years old when “after the completion of a toilsome and successful work” he set about writing his autobiography. “Truth, naked and unblushing” was to be his exposition, the style simple, though the long habit of correct writing might have produced an “appearance…

  • Edward Gibbon

    “Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers; the second, more personal and important, from himself.” “The warm desires, the long expectations of youth, are founded on the ignorance of themselves and of the world. They are gradually damped by disappointment and possessions; and after the…