Edward Gibbon was an English historian, scholar, rationalist and politician. He is widely known for authoring the book ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’. The book was published in six different volumes between 1776 and 1788. It is remembered for the quality as well as the irony of its prose, and also for criticizing organized religion. Born in Surrey, England, he was the son of Judith and Edward Gibbon. For the most of his childhood, he was ill with different ailments. However, as he reached puberty, his health improved, and he remained healthy as an adult. He studied at Magdalen College, Oxford, though he wasn’t very interested in his studies, and eventually turned to theology. His early works include ‘An Essay on the Study of Literature.’ Over the years, he gained popularity with the works ‘Critical Observations on the Sixth Book of the Aeneid’ and ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire’. He passed away at the age of 56 in London, England.