Educated at Magdalen College, Oxford, Gibbon continued his studies in France. After four years in the Hampshire militia and some travel in France and Italy, he returned to England where he began work on his moumental opus, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, the first volume of which was published in 1776. The second and third volumes followed in 1781 and the final three in 1788. Gibbon was a member of Samuel Johnson's literary club and was a member of Parliament from 1774 to 1782. Gibbon's "Decline and Fall" made him the greatest English historian of the 18th century.His other works include An Essay of the Study of Literature (1764) and his Memoirs, which were published by his friend Lord Sheffield, posthumously, in 1796.
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