Historical Discovery and Literary Invention in Gibbon's "Decline and Fall"

  title={Historical Discovery and Literary Invention in Gibbon's "Decline and Fall"},
  author={Patricia B. Craddock},
  journal={Modern Philology},
  pages={569 - 587}
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