A Classical Tour Through Italy, an Mdcccii

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1821. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Translation from the preceding Extract from the Abbe" Barthelemi. tt was by chance that I first conceived the idea of the Travels of Anacharsis. I was in Italy in 1755, when I busied myself not so much with considering the present condition of the cities which I visited, as their ancient splendor. I naturally went back to the ages in which they disputed with one another the glory of domiciliating the arts and sciences in their bosom; and I thought that the relation of a journey made in that country about the time of Leo X. and continued for a certain number of years, would furnish a most interesting and useful spectacle towards the history of the human mind. Of this one may easily convince oneself from the following slight sketch. A Frenchman passes the Alps: he sees at Pavia Jerome Cardan, who has written on almost all subjects, and whose works comprise ten Polio volumes. At Parma he sees Correggio painting in fresco the dome of the cathedral; at Mantua the Count Balthazar Castillon, author of an excellent work entitled " The Courtier " at Verona, Fracastorius, a physician, a philosopher, an astronomer, a mathematician, a man of letters, a cosmographer, distinguished under all these heads, but distinguished above all as a poet; tor the greater part of the writers at that time sought to distinguish themselves in every species of writing, and that is always the case when letters are first introduced into a country. At Padua he attends the lectures of Philip Decio, professor of law, renowned for his superior talents and acquirements: this city was dependent upon Venice. Louis XII. having taken possession of the Milanese, wished to dignify the capital by establishing Decio in it. He caused him to be demanded of the Republic, which for a long time refused him. The n...

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