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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 English Nation; Or, A History of England in the Lives of ..., Volume 4

George Godfrey Cunningham - 1863
...eleven months amongst his old friends, he proceeded to Italy. Jt was at Rome, as " he sat musing amongst the ruins of the capitol, while the bare-footed 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." He returned from Italy...
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The Dublin Review, Volume 54

1864
...surprised, therefore, to find him add : One can quite understand Gibbon's statement, that aa 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 firs started to his mind. This is pretty good...
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Curiosities of Literature, Volume 1

Isaac Disraeli - 1865
...geniuses to display their powers. " Tt was at Bome," says Gibbon, " on the 15th of Octoher, 176-1, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the hare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the Decline...
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OUTLINES OF ENGLISH LITERATURE

THOMAS B. SHAW, B.A. - 1866
...Rome, October 15th, 1764, and is immortalised in his own picturesque words: "As I sat musing/' he says, "amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted...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." But so gigantic a task...
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Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and ..., Volume 7; Volume 19

Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire - 1867
...undertake some important historical work, is dated Rome, October 15th, 1764, and is in these words : " 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." It was twelve years...
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Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire ..., Volume 7

1867
...undertake some important historical work, is dated Rome, October 15th, 1764, and is in these words : " 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." It was twelve years...
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The Cottage Cyclopedia of History and Biography: A Copious Dictionary of ...

Edward M. Pierce - 1867 - 1004 pages
...the idea of his great work, the " Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire," at Rome, in 1764, as he sat amidst the ruins of the Capitol, "while the barefooted...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter ; " and he has eloquently recorded the mixed emotions with which, one moonlight night of June, 1787,...
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The literary reader: prose authors, with biogr. notices &c. by H.G. Robinson

Hugh George Robinson - 1867
...History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He himself says, that as he "sat musing amongst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea uf writing the decline and fall of the city first started to his mind." He returned to England...
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Smaller specimens of English literature, with notes. Ed. by W. Smith

sir William Smith - 1869
...(History, p. 190.) 149. From his AUTOBIOGRAPHY. CONCEPTION AND COMPLETION or ins HISTORY. It was at Bome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst...ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars l were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the...
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The Autobiography and Correspondence of Edward Gibbon, the Historian

Edward Gibbon - 1869 - 356 pages
...to whom I am known will not accuse me of framing my own panegyric. It was at Rome, on the I5th 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...
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