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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 North British review, Volume 33

1860
...knowledge forced authorship on Gibbon. He had been long conversant with his great theme before. " At Home, on the 15th. of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst...friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." So too the history...
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Italy in the Nineteenth Century

James Whiteside - 1860 - 548 pages
...308 THE RUINS OF THE CAPITOL. 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 he first conceived the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Supposing the...
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The Eclectic Magazine: Foreign Literature, Volume 52

1861
...knowledge forced authorship on Gibbon. He had been long conversant with his great theme before. "At Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst...friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." So too the history...
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A course of English reading

James Pycroft - 1861
...developes genius, but accident has much to do in directing it to suitable employment. Had not Gibbon sat " musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter," the idea of the " decline and fall of the city " might not have " started in his mind." Many an author...
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A history of English literature, in a series of biographical sketches

William Francis Collier - 1862
...history. His own words tell us of the romantic circumstances in which the great resolve was made : " As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind." The same man, Edward...
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A History of English Literature in a Series of Biographical Sketches

William Francis Collier - 1862 - 538 pages
...history. His own words teH us of the romantic circumstances in which the great resolve was made : "As I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol,...friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first started to my mind." The same man, Edward...
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Letters from Rome to Friends in England, Volume 1

John William Burgon - 1862 - 420 pages
...modern pageant which is transacted within it. One can quite understand Gibbon's statement, that " as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." That was in 1764,...
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Letters from Rome to Friends in England, Volume 1

John William Burgon - 1862 - 420 pages
...modern pageant which is transacted within it. One can quite understand Gibbon's statement, that " as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in 44 THE VIA CRUCIS IN THE COLISEUM. the temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the decline and fall...
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Something of Italy

William Chambers - 1862 - 133 pages
...of writing his great work occurred to him. He says, that 'it was on the i$th of October 1 764, 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.' Our visit to...
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The Edinburgh Review: Or Critical Journal, Volume 118

1863
...Gibbon has recorded to us how the first idea of his immortal work presented itself to his mind as he sat ' musing amidst the ruins of the ' Capitol, while...were singing vespers in the ' Temple of Jupiter.' But his original plan, as he himself adds, ' was circumscribed to the decay of the city rather than...
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