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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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Niagara Index, Volume 11

1878
...Presiilctli from His Throne Jlctniff .Justice to His people -Tho' the "Jleavena be undone." — Azn.12. if AS I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temp] of Jupiter, the idea of writing the 'Dcfliileand Fall' of the city first started to! my mind.'1...
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Walks in Rome, Volume 1

Augustus John C. Hare - 1871
...highly picturesque. It was here, as Gibbon himself tells us, that on the i5th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bare-footed friars were singing vespers, the idea of writing the " Decline and Fall " of the city first started to his mind. " As we lift the...
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Aspects of Authorship: Or, Book Marks and Book Makers

Francis Jacox - 1872 - 494 pages
...2Boofe Sharfeg : Eocal anti I" T was at Rome, on the I5th of October, 1764, that •*- Gibbon, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, first conceived the idea of writing the history of the Decline and Fall. It .was on the night of the...
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The History of English Literature: With an Outline of the Origin and Growth ...

William Spalding - 1872 - 446 pages
...those quarters where 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...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 of...
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English literature ... 1760-1815

James Davies (of Southport.) - 1873
...contemplating the composition of some historical work, was, in 1764, at Home, and there, at sunset, as he sat amidst 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 started in " his " mind." He took, however,...
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Eminent English writers

William Lawson (F.R.G.S.) - 1875
...Rome. It was here that he determined on undertaking the great work on which his fame rests : — " 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." Some years, however,...
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Essays and Reviews

Henry H. Lancaster - 1876 - 479 pages
...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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Essays and Reviews

Henry H. Lancaster - 1876 - 479 pages
...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 the ruins of the Capitol, whilo the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, the idea of writing the...
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THE YOUTHFUL WANDERER

GEO H. HEFFNER - 1876
...solemn, and highly picturesque. It was here, as Gibbon tells us, that on the 15th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers, the idea of writing the ' Decline and Fall" of the city first started to his mind." THE VATICAN has...
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A Satchel Guide for the Vacation Tourist in Europe

1876
...highly picturesque. It was here, as Gibbon himself tells us, that on the 1 5th of October, 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers, the idea of writing the ' Decline and Fall' of the city first started to his mind." The church contains...
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