Handbook for the Ruins and Museums of Rome

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Williams and Norgate, 1855 - Museums - 515 pages

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Page 63 - Agrippa to form the conclusion of his thermse,* with which it is intimately connected, is one of the noblest and most perfect productions of that style of architecture specifically denominated Roman. When the first wonderful creation of this species came into existence, the founder of this glorious dome appears to have himself shrunk back from it, and to have felt that it was not adapted to be the every-day residence of men, but to be a habitation for the gods.
Page 24 - ... frequent the little peasant children of the place. Aurore Dupin's existence was now very much the same as that of Lamartine. Nohant is situated in the centre of the Black Valley. The ground is dark and rich; there are narrow, shady paths. It is not a hilly country, and there are wide, peaceful horizons. At all hours of the day and at all seasons of the year, Aurore wandered along the Berry roads with her little playfellows, the farmers
Page 48 - ... fruit ; and the inscription found beside them agrees with this opinion, as it states that the mortal remains of Atistia, the wife of Eurysaces, were deposited in a bread-basket. In fact, everything was represented that appertained to a baker's trade. This is rendered the more interesting from the circumstance of several of these representations seeming to belong to the present time — people in this sphere in Italy usually adhering to the customs transmitted to them by their forefathers. The...
Page 31 - In the sides of the piers which support the arch are twelve niches, apparently intended for the reception of statues. In one of these is a doorway leading up a narrow staircase to a chamber in the interior of the building, probably used as a place for business. This singular building, which in its present condition has a somewhat quaint appearance, has evidently been intended for a place of sale. Being erected over the spot where the two roads intersecting the cattle-market met, it seems to have...
Page 18 - Home, consisting of Corinthian columns, which support an architrave adorned with a frieze, and divided by ressauts, and an attic above. On the attic is a colossal figure of Minerva, represented in relief as the patroness of labour; on the architrave the goddess appears engaged in instructing young girls in various female occupations, and in punishing the insolence of Arachne, who had ventured to compete with her in the labours of the loom. The wall upon which this altar stands was also a piece of...
Page 9 - The narrower front looked down from a terrace of considerable elevation upon this place, and was connected with it by means of a double flight of stairs ; the remains of which were discovered during excavations made some time ago. These pillars, as well as the fragment of the architrave and cornice supported by them are among the most beautiful architectural remains of ancient Rome. The ornaments of the capitals and of the entablature are as rich and splendid, as they are pure and simple. It is therefore...
Page 39 - B. of Coliseum. A circular building, 133 ft. indiam., supposed to have been " built on the site of an ancient circular building and to have belonged to the great victual market," erected in the time of Nero. It originally consisted of two concentric rows of granite columns, within an enclosing wall. Upon the walls is a series of horrible Martyrdoms, by Pomarancio and Tempesta. Stelvio Pass. See Alps. Stirling, Scot., atown of about 14,000 pop., 36 mis.
Page 59 - As is usually the case with tombs, in order to prevent spoliation, there were no steps leading up to the door. The west entrance is of more modern origin; dating from the time of Alexander VII., who caused it to be broken through the wall, although the ancient, original doorway already afforded the means of ingress. The lower portion of the monument was cleared from the rubbish which had accumulated to the height of 20 ft.
Page 233 - ... classical education, as was threatened by some of the enthusiasts of the Revolutionary period. Though few societies displayed greater differences and divisions than did the American, our schools have not accentuated, but have mitigated, these differences educationally. We have not separated our students between the many who are called and the few who are chosen, as is still the practice in almost all European countries.
Page 8 - Here is situated that magnificent basilica, the colossal arches of which have served as a model to architects for all the larger churches in Rome. This splendid ruin usually bears the name of the temple of Peace, erected by Vespasian in this neighbourhood, but not on this site; and which was destroyed by fire as early by the time of Commodus.

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