The Buried Cities of Campania, Or, Pompeii and Herculaneum; Their History, Their Destruction, and Their Remains

The Buried Cities of Campania, Or, Pompeii and Herculaneum; Their History, Their Destruction, and Their Remains

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1869 edition. Excerpt: ...munificent Pompeian. (190) 10 142 CHAIRS OF STA TE. Within the orchestra itself were four tiers of benches for the bisellia, or chairs of state, in which the magistrates and great men of the city sat. The bisellium was usually made of bronze, richly ornamented with silver, and supported on four upright legs. Two inscriptions in the Street of Tombs lead us to infer that the right of using it was a highly prized distinction, and only granted FRESCO--A LANDSCAPE. (FOUND AT POMPEII.) as a mark of honour to distinguished persons by the magistrates and people in provincial towns. Though large enough to contain two persons, only one occupied it; hence its name. The sella curulis, or curule chair of state, was confined to Roman magistrates, or to the proconsuls and praetors of the provinces. The seats of the audience were separated by a passage from the tiers of benches which held the bisellia. This passage was bounded on the side of the stage by a high THE SOLDIERS BARRACKS. 143 parapet, ornamented with winged griffins' legs; on the side of the cavea, by a wall, terminating in two kneeling Herculean figures, which are supposed to have sustained bronze candelabra. The cavea contained seventeen rows of seats, and the whole theatre could probably accommodate fifteen hundred persons. Adjoining the small theatre stands a large rectangular enclosure, which has been variously called Forum Nundinarium, or the provision market; and THE SOLDIERS' BARRACKS. It measures 183 feet in length by 158 in width, and is surrounded by a Doric colonnade, with twenty-two columns on the longer, and seventeen on the shorter sides. These columns are covered with stucco; onethird (the lower) is plain and painted red; the upper portion fluted, and coloured alternately red and...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
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  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504879
  • 9781236504876