What Gibbon got wrong in ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’

In The Devil’s Dictionary, the writer Ambrose Bierce offered this definition of history: “An account mostly false, of events mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers mostly knaves, and soldiers mostly fools.” Before you dismiss Bierce’s cynical perspective, remember that historians are mortals. Some are very good at what they do, others are quite […]