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Discover the secrets of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

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Discover the secrets of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

Episode 60
March, 2017
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A million and a half words, 2,500 pages long, and encompassing six volumes, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire has made a lasting and consequential contribution to history. Whether you're familiar with this masterpiece of literature or not, you'll gain fascinating insights and discover modern parallels revealed by Harvard professor emeritus of literature Leo Damrosch in this eye-opening edition of The Torch.

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In This Podcast Listen To:

  • Dr. Leo Damrosch, the Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature at Harvard University, reviews the scope, characters, and themes of The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the story behind Edward Gibbon, and where we can still find influences and lessons in this centuries-old epic work.
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