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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 barefooted 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. "
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A Traveller In Rome

H.v. Morton, v Morton - Travel - 2009 - 256 pages
...dedicated himself to his life's work. 'It was at Rome, on the I5th of October, 1764,' he wrote, 'as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' In his time S. Maria in Aracoeli was believed to be standing on the site of the Temple of Jupiter,...
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America's First Dynasty: The Adamses, 1735-1918

Richard Brookhiser - Biography & Autobiography - 2002 - 256 pages
...the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter,...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." Gibbon was inspired by Rome; Henry was inspired by Gibbon. "Our house," he wrote his brother, "needs...
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The Health of Nations: Society and Law Beyond the State

Philip Allott, Professor of International Public Law University of Cambridge Fellow Philip Allott - Law - 2002 - 436 pages
...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...decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.' J. Murray (ed.), The Autobiographies of Edward Gibbon (London, John Murray; 1896), p. 302. 32 The post-Marxian...
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My Italian Notebook

Gough Whitlam - History - 2002 - 341 pages
...version of his Memoirs, 'as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefoot fryars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that...decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.' On Ash Wednesday in the following year James Boswell decided to keep explicit accounts, social and...
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Italy and the Grand Tour

Jeremy Black - Travel - 2003 - 255 pages
...(1737-94) was inspired by the Antique: 'It was at Rome, on the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the...decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.'" 11. A Caprice Landscape with Ruins, in the style of Bernardo Bellotto. These popular works, which brought...
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The Bibliophile Dictionary: A Biographical Record of the Great Authors

Nathan Haskell Dole - Biography & Autobiography - 2003 - 660 pages
...Autobiography, "on the 1 5th of October, 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the capítol, while barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind." Gibbon returned to his father's house in June, 1765, and soon began to occupy himself in writing, in...
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The Rough Guide History of Italy

Jonathan Keates, Rough Guides (Firm) - Travel - 2003 - 366 pages
...Rome, on the 15th of October 1754, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the CapitoI, while the barefoot friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter,...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' This, as described by Edward Gibbon (1737-94) in his Autobiography, was the genesis of the most celebrated...
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The Cross Goes North: Processes of Conversion in Northern Europe, AD 300-1300

Martin Carver - History - 2005 - 588 pages
...Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the Capitol whilst the barefoot Friars were singing Vespers in the Temple of Jupiter...the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind'.1 By the Temple of Jupiter', Gibbon meant the church of Santa Maria in Aracoeli on the Capitoline,...
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Flesh in the Age of Reason

Roy Porter, Former Professor of the Social History of Medicine Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine Roy Porter - History - 2004 - 573 pages
...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...decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.' Accident upon accident, yet something predestined too: 'my own religious folly, my father's blind resolution...
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Architectures of Poetry

María Eugenia Díaz Sánchez, Craig Douglas Dworkin - Literary Criticism - 2004 - 142 pages
...fifteenth of October, 1764, as I sat musing midst the ruins of the Capitol while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that...decline and fall of the City first started to my mind" (p. 305), 60 Rossi, p. 21. 61 Pound's own view of the fragment might he deduced from his own Confucian...
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