fifth and sixth volumes:
Note from 'Returns to Lausanne' chapter from 'Memoirs Of My Life And Writing' by Gibbon

I have followed the judicious precept of the Abbé de Mably (Manière d'écrire l'Histoire, p. 110), who advises the historian not to dwell too minutely on the decay of the eastern empire; but to consider the barbarian conquerors as a more worthy subject of his narrative.

` Fas est et ab hoste doceri.'