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He compared the reigns of Diocletian (284–305) and Charles V (1519–1556), noting superficial similarities.
Both were plagued by continual war and compelled to excessive taxation to fund wars, both chose to abdicate as Emperors at roughly the same age, and both chose to lead a quiet life upon their retirement.
Gibbon provides the reader with a glimpse of his thought process with extensive notes along the body of the text, a precursor to the modern use of footnotes.
Gibbon's footnotes are famous for their idiosyncratic and often humorous style, and have been called "Gibbon's table talk." They provide an entertaining moral commentary on both ancient Rome and 18th-century Great Britain.
He also believed that Christianity's comparative pacifism tended to hamper the traditional Roman martial spirit.
Also, seldom openly stated, but constantly shown in practice, Christianity destroyed the unity of the Empire.
Christians were not unified; they were split into dozens of groups, constantly battling over exceedingly minute differences in dogma, where the pronunciation of a vowel would determine eternal bliss or hell, and killing each other in the literal hundreds of thousands.
The detail within his asides and his care in noting the importance of each document is a precursor to modern-day historical footnoting methodology.The work is notable for its erratic but exhaustively documented notes and research.