Historical Period: The 18th Century
Edward Gibbon (1737-1794) is regarded as the greatest historian of the Enlightenment. His multi-volume history of Rome was both scholarly and full of humane scepticism. Although he was a Member of Parliament he was a long-time resident of Lausanne.
Quotes from Edward Gibbon:
- Edward Gibbon on defending public liberty
- Edward Gibbon called the loss of independence and excessive obedience the “secret poison” which corrupted the Roman Empire
- Edward Gibbon gloomily observed that in a unified empire like the Roman there was nowhere to escape, whereas with a multiplicity of states there were always gaps and interstices to hide in
Titles from Edward Gibbon: