Gibbon, Edward
(1,454 words)

British ancient historian. Born 8. 5. 1737 (or 27.4. according to the Julian Calendar still in force in Britain at the time) in Putney (Surrey), died London 16. 1. 1794. 1752 student at Magdalen College, Oxford. 1753–1758 at Lausanne; tour of Italy 1764/65. 1774–1780 and 1781–1783, Member of Parliament (House of Commons).


As a 15-year-old student at Oxford, G. made an intensive study of the literature of theological controversy on the early Church, and converted to Catholicism, which wou…

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Nippel, Wilfried, “Gibbon, Edward”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements I - Volume 6 : History of classical Scholarship - A Biographical Dictionary, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2014). Original German-language edition: Geschichte der Altertumswissenschaften: Biographisches Lexikon. Herausgegeven von Peter Kuhlmann und Helmuth Schneider. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 1. Staffel, herausgegeben von Hubert Cancik, Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 6. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2012). Consulted online on 20 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2013
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004245938, 20131209

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