We are currently reading Book One of Edward Gibbon's <<Decline and Fall of
the Roman Empire>>
The schedule for AOL members' online chats is as follows: (May 20: Chapters
I-IV) / June 3: Chapters I-IX / June 17: Chapters X-XV.
You can find more information and background readings on the webpage
"Upcoming Readings": <<http://hometown.aol.com/bkcnirene/page4/booklist2.htm
Gibbon describes his task as historian as follows: <<Diligence and accuracy
are the only merits which an historical writer may ascribe to himself; if any
merit indeed can be assumed from the performance of an indispensable duty, I
may therefore be allowed to say, that I have carefully examined all the
original materials that could illustrate the subject which I had undertaken
to treat.>> And so he did...it is a most remarkable work, a joy to read.
Your thoughts, comments and ideas are very welcome!