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    Does anyone have an opinion on this book(s)? Is it still worth reading or is it now incorrect and there is a better approach?
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    Read The unabridged version when I was a child, a long time ago. He did go into religion a lot, putting a lot of emphasis on the rise of Christianity and the conflicts within Christianity. Otherwise is good.
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      I read it about 50 years ago. It's a good place to start.
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        Got an abridged copy a while back but as of yet has not started reading the book...should I? I got the book as a research source for My early Civilization class I'm teaching in the fall will it be worthwhile?

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          Originally posted by Surrey View Post
          Read The unabridged version when I was a child, a long time ago. He did go into religion a lot, putting a lot of emphasis on the rise of Christianity and the conflicts within Christianity. Otherwise is good.
          "Good" ??! We are referring to Gibbon, I take it ? If so the work is quite iconic: a yardstick.
          An emphasis on the religious aspects is entirely understandable given the context of the times it was written :"The Age of Reason" and all that. But again, surely, the rise of Christianity wasn't exactly unimportant ?
          Last edited by BELGRAVE; 30 May 14, 19:30.
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