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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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Narcissus Leaves the Pool

Joseph Epstein - 2007 - 321 pages
...while the barefoot fryars [of the Franciscan Order] 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." Although it would take him nearly eight and a half years before he got down to the actual...
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The Education of Henry Adams

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...more fascinating. Probably it was more vital in May, 1 860, than it had been in October, 1 764, when the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to the mind of Gibbon, "in the close of the evening, as I sat musing in the Church of the Zoccolanti or...
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