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Unknown villager tackles Gibbon’s masterpiece

When the Book Exchange was put up, a ‘starter collection’ of books was placed there from the Oxfam Books and Music shop in Chipping Norton; including an old copy of one volume of Edward Gibbon’s magnum opus: “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”. It was partly put there to test how weather-proof the bus shelter would be as a place for books.

The book has remained on the shelf, through all weathers, for well over a year. But now someone has decided to borrow it and is possibly half way through, gripped by his detailed critical analysis of ancient history.  According to Gibbon, the Roman Empire succumbed to barbarian invasions in large part due to the gradual loss of civic virtue among its citizens (for more see Wikipedia). So perhaps this unknown reader will find some lessons for today!

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