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 219by George Godfrey Cunningham - 1853Full view
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María Eugenia Díaz Sánchez, Craig Douglas Dworkin - 2004 - 142 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" (p. 305), 60 Rossi, p. 21. 61 Pound's own view of the fragment might he deduced from his own...