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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 bare-footed 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. "
A History of England in the Lives of Englishmen - Page 219
by George Godfrey Cunningham - 1853
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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 of...
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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...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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A Traveller In Rome

H.v. Morton, v Morton - 2009 - 256 pages
...his life's work. 'It was at Rome, on the I5th of October, 1764,' he wrote, '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.' In his time S....
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My Italian Notebook

Gough Whitlam - 2002 - 341 pages
...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot 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.' On Ash Wednesday in the following year James Boswell decided to keep explicit accounts, social...
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The Health of Nations: Society and Law Beyond the State

Philip Allott, Professor of International Public Law University of Cambridge Fellow Philip Allott - 2002 - 436 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.' J. Murray (ed.), The Autobiographies of Edward Gibbon (London, John Murray; 1896), p. 302....
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America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918

Richard Brookhiser - 2002 - 256 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." Gibbon was inspired by Rome; Henry was inspired by Gibbon. "Our house," he wrote his brother,...
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Italy and the Grand Tour

Jeremy Black - 2003 - 255 pages
...inspired by the Antique: 'It was at Rome, on the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed 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.'" 11. A Caprice...
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The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300

Martin Carver - 2005 - 588 pages
...ruins of the Capitol whilst 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'.1 By the Temple of Jupiter', Gibbon meant the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitoline,...
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The Bibliophile Dictionary: A Biographical Record of the Great Authors

Nathan Haskell Dole - 2003 - 660 pages
...ruins of the capítol, while 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." Gibbon returned to his father's house in June, 1765, and soon began to occupy himself in...
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The Rough Guide History of Italy

Jonathan Keates, Rough Guides (Firm) - 2003 - 366 pages
...ruins of the CapitoI, 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.' This, as described by Edward Gibbon (1737-94) in his Autobiography, was the genesis of the...
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