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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. "
Lives of eminent and illustrious Englishmen, ed. by G. G. Cunningham - Page 219
by Englishmen - 1836
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Behind the Scenes, Volume 1

Baroness Rosina Bulwer Lytton Lytton - 1854 - 531 pages
...among those of Rome, pondering upon the great work upon which his future fame was to rest. It was amid the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the historian mused over the plan of his " Decline and Fall ; " and it was amid the destruction...
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Excelsior: Helps to Progress in Religion, Science, and Literature, Volume 1

1854
...vast magazine. " It was at Rome," says Gibbon, " 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 (then a church of the Franciscans), that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first...
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The History of English Literature: With an Outline of the Origin and Growth ...

William Spalding - 1854 - 414 pages
...he was inclined to lead us astray. His work was first conceived in Rome, " as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter : " and its prevalent tone might, with no very wide stretch of fancy, be supposed to retain symptoms...
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

Edward Gibbon - 1854
...me of framing my own panegyric. 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,7 that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. But my...
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James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare

Robert Spoo - 1994 - 208 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.3 Gibbon speaks of an ironic overlap of the past and the present, of a communion in the midst...
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A Literary Companion to Rome: Including Ten Walking Tours

John Varriano - 1995 - 278 pages
...matter-offactly relates that 'it was at Rome, on the 1jth 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 in my mind'/' Many are those...
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The Education of Henry Adams

Henry Adams - 1995 - 566 pages
...more fascinating. Probably it was more vital in May, 1860, than it had been in October, 1764, when the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first ROME started to the mind of Gibbon, 'in the close of the evening, as I sat musing in the Church of...
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The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Italies of British Travellers : an Annotated ...

Manfred Pfister - 1996 - 554 pages
...DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE 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. But my original...
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Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City

Catharine Edwards, Reader in Classics and Ancient History Catharine Edwards - 1996 - 146 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.'1 Why should inspiration come to Gibbon on the Capitol? This was an area of Rome where, by...
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Italians

Luigi Barzini - 1996 - 352 pages
...on the i5th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol,' remembered Gibbon, '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.' Only dead Italians...
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