The Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria Volume 2

The Cities and Cemeteries of Etruria Volume 2

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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. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ... early times were a servile race of imitators, who had little original beyond their " Cyclopean" cannot with propriety be confined, as it has been by Dodwell, Cell, and others, to masonry of the rudest unhewn description, in contradistinction to the neater polygonal, or to the horizontal style. The term was employed in reference to the traditions of the Greeks, rather than to the character of the masonry; or if used in this way it was generic, not specific; applicable to any walling of great massiveness, which had the appearance, or the reputation of high antiquity. " Arces Cyclopum autem, aut quas Cyclopes fecerunt, aut magni ac miri operis; nam quicquid magnitudine sua nobile est Cyclopum manu dicitur fabricatum." Lactant. ad Stat. Theb. I. 252; cf. I. 630. Though rejected altogether by Bunsen (Ann. Inst. 1834, p. 145), the term is convenient--se non e vero, e ben trovato--and in default of a better, has some claim to be retained. On this ground I have made use of it in the course of this work in its generic sense, applying it alike to all early massive irregular masonry. Gell held the contrary opinion--that the polygonal was more ancient by some centuries. Topog. Rome, II. p. 165. 5 Gerhard (Ann. Inst. 1829, p. 40), remarking on this fact, says it seems certain that even the least ancient remains of this description preceded the invention of the arch. But this is refuted by the recent discovery of arches in connection with this masonry in Greece and Asia Minor. TJt supra, page 275. In none of these cases, however, have the structures an appearance of very remote antiquity. 8 In the Via Salaria, near Rieti, and in several places between Antrodoco and Civita Ducale; in the Via Valeria, below Roviano, and elsewhere between...show more

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  • Paperback | 206 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 376g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236559916
  • 9781236559913