Time and History 11:00 P.M. Edward Gibbon Finishes His Opus

About major and minor historical events around the clock such as Edward Gibbon completing his masterpiece the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.

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11:00 in the Evening

June 27, 1787. After 22 years of painstaking work, Edward Gibbon finished his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. He conceived the book--the greatest classical work of historical literature in the English language--on Oct. 15, 1764, "at Rome ...as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in a Temple of Jupiter." Gibbon finished the last lines of the last page in a summerhouse in his garden and celebrated by taking a walk among his acacias.

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