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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 friars 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. "
The life of Edward Gibbon [by himself] with selections from his ... - Page 115
by Edward Gibbon - 1840
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The Powers of Genius: A Poem, in Three Parts

John Blair Linn - 1802 - 191 pages
...several days of intoxication were lost or enjoyed before I could descend to a minute investigation. It was at Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I...of the capitol, while the bare-footed friars were tinging vespers in the temple of Jupiter, tb/at the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city...
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 8

Edward Gibbon - Byzantine Empire - 1805
...known will not accuse me of framing my own panegyric. It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 17C4, 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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The General Biographical Dictionary, Volume 15

Alexander Chalmers - Biography - 1814
...apathy, and at once fixed the source of his fame. " It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter (now the church of the Zoccolants, or Franciscan friarS) that the idea of writing the DECLINE and FALL...
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The general biographical dictionary. Revised by A. Chalmers

New and general biographical dictionary - 1814
...apathy, and at once fixed the source of his fame. " It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as he sat musing amidst the ruins of the capitol, while...friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter (now the church of the Zoccolants, or Franciscan friars) that the idea of writing the DECLINE and FALL...
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The Miscellaneous Works of Edward Gibbon, Esq: With Memoirs of His ..., Volume 1

Edward Gibbon - English literature - 1814
...known Avill 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 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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An excursion to Windsor, in July 1810. Also A sail down the river Medway ...

John Evans, John Evans (M.A., Edinburgh.) - 1817
...Roman Empire. This latter circumstance produced the germ of his future celebrity. " It was," says he, " at Rome, on the 15th of October, 1764, as I sat musing...CAPITOL, while the bare-footed friars were singing •20 eiBBON's WORKS. vespers in the Temple of Jupiter (DOW the Church of Tocculants or Franciscan...
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Blackwood's Magazine, Volume 66

England - 1849
...and minute investigation. It was at Rome, on the 15th October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruina of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing...in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing this Decline and Fall of tife city first started to my mind. But my original plan was circumscribed...
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The Christian remembrancer; or, The Churchman's Biblical ..., Volume 22

1840
...The moment of its conception is thus fixed hy himself: — It was at Rome, on the 15th of Octoher, 1764, 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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Curiosities of Literature, Volume 1

Isaac Disraeli - English literature - 1823 - 1560 pages
...eminent geniuses to display their powers. It was at Rome, says Gibbon, on the 15th of October, I'll!. as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the bars-footed friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline...
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The Eclectic review. vol. 1-New [8th]

1829
...continental travels. ' It was at Home,' he tells us, 'on the 15th of October, 1764, as he 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 Franciscan friars.) that the idea of writing the ' Decline and Fall of the...
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