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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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Letters from Rome to Friends in England, Volume 1

John William Burgon - Catacombs - 1862 - 420 pages
...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." That was in 1764, — a hundred years ago: but a hundred years are as nothing when you stand...
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The World and the Bo Tree

Helen Bevington - Biography & Autobiography - 1991 - 211 pages
...five hundred churches ringing in unison when a new pope was declared; Gibbon's history that began when "the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started in my mind." "Come to Rome," Shelley said, whose ashes are buried in the Protestant Cemetery. Halfway...
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James Joyce and the Language of History: Dedalus's Nightmare

Robert Spoo - Literary Criticism - 1994 - 208 pages
...of October, 1 764, as 1 sat musing amidst the 14 ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted fryars were singing Vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that...the decline and fall of the City first started to my mind.3 Gibbon speaks of an ironic overlap of the past and the present, of a communion in the midst...
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A Literary Companion to Rome: Including Ten Walking Tours

John Varriano - Literary Criticism - 1995 - 278 pages
...great historian matter-offactly relates that 'it was at Rome, on the 1jth of October, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the...writing the decline and fall of the city first started in my mind'/' Many are those of lesser talent and lesser ambition in whom Rome ignited a similar spark....
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The Education of Henry Adams

Henry Adams - Biography & Autobiography - 1995 - 566 pages
...more fascinating. Probably it was more vital in May, 1860, than it had been in October, 1764, when the idea of writing the Decline and Fall of the city first ROME started to the mind of Gibbon, 'in the close of the evening, as I sat musing in the Church of...
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The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Italies of British Travellers : an Annotated ...

Manfred Pfister - Literary Criticism - 1996 - 554 pages
...Gibbon THE DECLINE AND FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE It was at Rome, on the 15th 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. But my original plan was circumscribed to the decay of the city rather than of the empire; and though...
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Italians

Luigi Barzini - History - 1996 - 352 pages
...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...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' Only dead Italians were deemed worthy of attention, the longer dead the more worthy. The eighteenth-century...
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Writing Rome: Textual Approaches to the City

Catharine Edwards, Reader in Classics and Ancient History Catharine Edwards - History - 1996 - 146 pages
...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 decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.'1 Why should inspiration come to Gibbon on the Capitol? This was an area of Rome where, by the...
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Vintage Reading: From Plato to Bradbury, a Personal Tour of Some of the ...

Robert Kanigel - Literary Collections - 1998 - 243 pages
...in six volumes between 1 776 and 1 788 "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." When the great project was finished twenty-four years later, it encompassed the whole Roman Empire...
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The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire: 28 Selected Chapters

Edward Gibbon - Fiction - 1998 - 1089 pages
...at Rome,' he states in a famous passage in his Memoirs, 'on the fifteenth of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol while the barefooted...decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.' Before settling on the final choice for his life's work, however, he made several false starts, including...
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