James V. Brown Library to hold October Book Review Luncheon

Dr. Keith Shenberger will review “The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume the First)” by the English historian Edward Gibbon at James V. Brown Library’s October Book Review Luncheon at noon on Friday. Res­ervations mus­­t be made by p.m. Wednesday.

The six-volume work that traces Western civilization from the height of the Roman Empire to the fall of Byzantium. The book covers the entire history of the Roman Empire, Europe and the Catholic Church from 98 to 1590, and it discusses the decline of the Roman empire in the East and West. Historians refer to Gibbon as the first “modern historian of ancient Rome” because of his use of primary sources, unusual at the time, and his methodology became a model for later historians.

Shenberger will review the first fifteen chapters, which comprise the first volume and focus on the controversial portrayal of early Christianity.

Dr. Shenberger, who was born and raised in southeastern Pennsylvania, is a physician in the Williamsport region since 1982, having completed his medical training in New Hampshire. He chose The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Volume the First) because of its universally praised brilliance and its remarkable relevance to current politics worldwide.