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October 15, 2014

October 15, 1764

On this day in 1764, Edward Gibbon, historian and Member of Parliament, saw friars singing in the ruins of the Temple of Jupiter in Rome. The experience inspires him to write what would become the controversial History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, published in six volumes between 1776 and 1788. His best reason for Rome's fall: Romans had become decadent and soft.

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Posted by JD Hull at October 15, 2014 08:24 AM

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