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What exactly is going on here?

This is what happens when Twitter friends realize that their reading piles aren’t getting any smaller and they both wish to read a multi-volume classic: Edward Gibbon’s The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

This work was published in six volumes from 1776 to 1789 and provides a detailed account of the internal and external factors that led to the fall of one of the largest superpowers of the ancient world.

If you’d like to follow along, the full text can be found at http://www.gutenberg.org/files/25717/25717-h/25717-h.htm.

The name of this site, “Cado Ergo Sum,” is Latin for “I fall, therefore I am.”

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