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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 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. "
Curiosities of Literature - Page 134
by Isaac Disraeli - 1807
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The Life of Edward Gibbon, Esq: With Selections from His Correspondence, and ...

Edward Gibbon - 1839 - 455 pages
...known will not accuse me of framing my own panegyric. It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1?64, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter3, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. But my...
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The Life of Edward Gibbon: With Selections from His Correspondence, and ...

Edward Gibbon, Henry Hart Milman - 1840 - 357 pages
...this sketch, those to whom I. am known will not accuse me of framing my own panegyric. It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst...bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter3, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind. But my...
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History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

Edward Gibbon - 1840
...«rise, which caused his reputation and occupied a great part of his life. " It was at Rome," says he, " the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the capitol, while the barefooted monks were chanting vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that for the first time I was struck with the...
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Handbook for Travellers in Central Italy: Including the Papal States, Rome ...

John Murray (Firm) - 1843 - 568 pages
...connexion with Gibbon. It was in this church, as he himself tells us, " on the 15th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers, that the idta of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to his mind/' In front of the...
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

Edward Gibbon - 1843
...I could descend to a cool and minute investigation." In another place he remarks, " It was at Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the rums of the capital, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that...
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Cyclopædia of English Literature: A History, Critical and ..., Volume 2

Robert Chambers - 1844
...choice was determined by an incident of a striking and romantic nature. 'As I sat musing,' he says, ' With screaming Horror's funeral cry, De=pa!r, and fell Disease, and ghastly the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' Many years, however,...
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Tait's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 11

William Tait, Christian Isobel Johnstone - 1844
...Fall of Rome :" for he writes — "It was at Rome on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, now the Church of the Franciscans, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first...
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The Christmas Holydays in Rome

William Ingraham Kip - 1846 - 334 pages
...Eternal City." It was in this Church — as he himself tells us — " on the 15th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing Vespers, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to his mind." To the Romanist,...
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The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine, Volume 31

Charles Fenno Hoffman, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Timothy Flint, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew - 1848
...the Capitoline Hill at Rome, as Gibbon himself tells us : ' On the fifteenth of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing Vespers, that the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to his mind.' "Why is Pompeii...
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ITALY IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY, CONTRASTED WITH ITS PAST CONDITION IN THREE ...

JAMES WHITESIDE - 1848
...Bambino after such an avowal ? Gibbon informs us that it was here, on the 15th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers, that the idea of writing the " Decline and Fall" first entered his mind. Supposing the historian to...
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