This is an excellent and laudable node
(there was a time when every educated
person read Gibbon
), but anyone who reads this should keep in mind a few caveat
First and foremost, the work is over 200 years out of date. Basic work on the archaeology and texts which Gibbon uses as his argumentative foundation has progressed by leaps and bounds.
Second, the work was already flawed when published. Aside from an over-simplification of major historical aspects (such as the reign of Augustus), his access to sources was rather limited. In addition, he was piss-poor in Greek, and just couldn't read many of the later Byzantine texts which would have been crucial to his argument.
Other than that, the work is impressive if only by its sheer volume. A great read, as long as, to paraphrase Monty Python, it is made expressly clear that it is wrong. lege feliciter.