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It’s not just decline and fall anymore…

One evening in mid-October 1764, the young Edward Gibbon sat among the ruins of the Capitol at Rome. The prospect before him must have looked like a Piranesi print–bony cattle grazing on thin grass in the shade of shattered marble columns. It was then and there that he resolved to write the history of the decline and fall of Rome. Read more >



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JULY 26, 2018

A spotlight on... Middle Eastern Politics

Delve into the politics of the modern Middle East on Oxford Reference with sample articles, quotations, featured books, and blog posts. Read more >

JULY 19, 2018

What's new in July 2018?

This month, one new and two updated Quick Reference titles have been added to the site. Find out more >

JULY 10, 2018

It’s not just decline and fall anymore…

Oliver Nicholson explores the scope of the historical period known as Late Antiquity. Read more >