According to historian Edward Gibbon, writing in the eighteenth century, when was “the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most prosperous and happy”?

Answer: 96-180 CE in the Roman Empire. According to Gibbon, “the vast extent of the Roman Empire was governed by absolute power, under the guidance of virtue and wisdom”.

Source: Pax Romana – War, Peace and Conquest in the Roman World by Adrian Goldsworthy

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