A Classical Tour Through Italy An. 1802

A Classical Tour Through Italy An. 1802

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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. 1818 edition. Excerpt: ... not therefore, generally speaking, to look into Virgil's Pastorals for delineations of Mantuan scenery, nor expect to find in them many unmixt and peculiar allusions to the Mincius and its borders. His object was to copy the original, not to give a new picture of his own composition. I have said generally, because in two pastorals, the first and the ninth, the poet treats professedly of that river, of Mantua, and of the neighboring country; and in the seventh, though the names are Greek, the two contending shepherds Arcadians, and the scene, we must suppose, Grecian also, yet, by an inaccuracy, not unusual in pastoral compositions, he introduces the Mincius, with its characteristic reeds and its verdant banks. Hie virides tenera praetexit arundine ripas, Mincius. In the two former the poet certainly means to describe some of the features of his own little possession, and by these features it is evident, that itlay at the foot, or in the immediate neighborhood of the hills, not far from Valeggzo, near which town they begin to subside, and gradually lose themselves in the immense plain of Mantua. Qua se subducere colles, Incipiunt, mollique jugum demittere clivo. Ecl. ix. 7--16. On no other part of the banks of the Min cius, are to be discovered either the - bare rocks, a that disfigured the farm of T-tyrus, or the re towering crag u that shaded the primer, as he sung, or the tr vine-clad grotto, 1 where the shepherd reclined, or the " bushy cliff, - whence a the browsing goats seemed as if suspended, - or rs the lofty mountains, n which, in the evening, cast their u protracted shadows - over the plain. The r spreading beech, - indeed, and 1' aerial elm, - still delight in the soil, and adorn the...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236548205
  • 9781236548207