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" It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. "
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Intertextual Pursuits: Literary Mediations in Modern Spanish Narrative

Jeanne P. Brownlow, John W. Kronik, Hal L. Boudreau - 1998 - 273 pages
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind. (Gibbon 1896, 302; Memoir E) 3 The memory of the event is thinner and fainter than Gibbon...
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Romanticism and Colonial Disease

Alan Bewell - 2003 - 373 pages
...Gibbon records, "on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol . . . that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind" (170). Like Gibbon's history, Shelley's is a critical elegy: both display admiration for...
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Mystical Moments and Unitive Thinking

Daniel Merkur - 1999 - 188 pages
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind (pp. 122-24). The ancient history of Rome gave meaning to Gibbons experience of the city...
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Impartial Stranger: History and Intertextuality in Gibbon's Decline and Fall ...

Peter Cosgrove - 1999 - 290 pages
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." 47 Gibbon's later struggles to refine and mount the revelation of his calling at the center...
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Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945

Duncan F. Kennedy, Stephen Bann, Valérie Huet, Javed Majeed, Norman Vance, Chloe Chard, John Lyon, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Frank M. Turner, Maria Wyke, Marla Stone, Volker Losemann, Charles Martindale - 1999 - 279 pages
...ruins of the Capitol while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.1 The scene is one which we may at the present day have some difficulty in recapturing,...
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Barbarism and Religion: Volume 1, The Enlightenments of Edward Gibbon, 17371764

J. G. A. Pocock - 1999
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.25 Because the journal breaks offon 2 October, and contains no account of this or any other...
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Social Science Quotations: Who Said What, When, and Where

David L. Sills, Robert King Merton - 2000 - 437 pages
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. Autobiography (1796) 1961:154. 10 I am at a loss how to describe the success of the work...
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Dialogos: Hellenic Studies Review

David Ricks, Michael Silk - 2000 - 168 pages
...ruins of the Capitol. while the bare-footed fryars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter. that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. But my original plan was circumscribed to the decay of the city rather than the empire....
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The Romantic Subject in Autobiography: Rousseau and Goethe

Eugene L. Stelzig - 2000 - 279 pages
...ruins of the Capitol while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind" (136). If this is a rudimentary Wordsworthian "spot of time," with its powerful mixture...
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Who's who in Early Hanoverian Britain, 1714-1789

G. R. R. Treasure - 2002 - 416 pages
...Forum, on October 15, 1764, that he felt inspired to write a historical epic: "As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars...writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." Thorough and single-minded as in everything, he spent the next four months on a complete...
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