The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is a non-fiction history book written by English historian Edward Gibbon, published between 1776 and 1789. Covering the history of the Roman Empire, Europe, and the Catholic Church between 98 to 1590, it discusses the decline of the Roman Empire in the East and West. Because of its relative objectivity and heavy use of primary sources, at the time, its methodology became a model for later historians. This led to Gibbon being called the first “modern historian of ancient Rome.” This is the revised 1845 Rev. H. H. Milman edition.