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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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Development of English Literature and Language, Volume 2

Alfred Hix Welsh - 1883
...his long cherished desire to write some historical work took definite shape from a romantic incident: '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 in my mind.' Some years elapsed,...
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The Collected Longer Poems

Kenneth Rexroth - 1968 - 307 pages
...And religion, through crowding Ghosts from Piero's fresco. It was Rome on the fifteenth Of October, as I sat Musing amidst the ruins Of the Capitol, while the Barefoot friars were singing vespers "trTthe Temple of Jupiter Gibbon in Rome, Polybius In Carthage,...
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University of California Publications in History, Volume 4, Issues 2-4

University of California, Berkeley - 1916
...Decline and Fall may likewise be instanced : "It was at Rome, on the fifteenth of October, 1764, that as I sat musing amidst the 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...
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The Past is a Foreign Country

David Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus David Lowenthal - 1985 - 489 pages
...memorable spot where Romulus stood, or Tully spoke, or Caesar fell', provided his crucial inspiration: '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.'350 The effigies...
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Gibbon's Solitude: The Inward World of the Historian

W. B. Carnochan - 1987 - 225 pages
...conceived the first thought of my history" (D, 4056). And the second: "It was at Rome, on the fifteenth of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the 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...
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The Legacy of Rome: A New Appraisal

Reader in Classical Languages and Literature Fellow Richard Jenkyns - 1992 - 479 pages
...taste for ruins and 'pleasing decay'. Gibbon claimed to have conceived the idea of his history as he sat 'musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol while...friars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter', and his last chapter, which begins by quoting Poggio, is a meditation upon Rome's remains. More than...
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Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City

Catharine Edwards, Reader in Classics and Ancient History Catharine Edwards - 1996 - 146 pages
...Empire (1776-88) is one of the best known of any work of literature: 'It was at Rome, on the fifteenth 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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Italians

Luigi Barzini - 1996 - 352 pages
...the frailty of human greatness and inspired some to higher achievements. 'It was at Rome, 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...
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Intertextual Pursuits: Literary Mediations in Modern Spanish Narrative

Hal L. Boudreau - 1998 - 273 pages
...thought of my history. (Gibbon 1896,405-6; Memoir D, written 1790-91) It was at Rome, on the fifteenth of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the 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...
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Roman Presences: Receptions of Rome in European Culture, 1789-1945

Duncan F. Kennedy, Stephen Bann, Valérie Huet, Javed Majeed, Norman Vance, Chloe Chard, John Lyon, Elizabeth Prettejohn, Frank M. Turner, Maria Wyke, Marla Stone, Volker Losemann, Charles Martindale - 1999 - 279 pages
...description. Draft 'E' of the Memoirs points this up even more clearly: It was at Rome on the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the 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...
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