A Classical Tout Through Italy Volume 1

A Classical Tout Through Italy Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 edition. Excerpt: ...solid fabrics that human skill can erect, even the pyramids themselves. Yet upon impartial examination we shall find that the fury of enemies, and the zeal of Christians, the piety of popes, and the fires kindled by the Goths, have not been the sole or even the principal agents in the work of devastation; and that other causes less observable because slower, but equally effectual in their operations, have produced the wide extended scene of ruin which we havejust traversed. To begin therefore with the first cause, hostile fury: it is to be recollected that the barbarians who took and sacked Rome, such as Alaric and Genseric, had plunder and profit, not destruction, in view; and that they warred with the power and the opulence, not with the taste and the edifices of the Romans. Gold and silver, brass and precious stones, cloth and articles of apparel, with fur niture of every sort, were the objects of their rapacity; the persons also of the unfortunate Romans, whom they could either sell or employ as slaves, were considered a valuable part of their booty; in collecting the former, and securing the latter, their attention was fully occupied, nor had they leisure, supposing that they had the inclination, during the short space of time they occupied the city (confined to six days the first and fourteen the second time the city was taken) to demolish, or even very materially to disfigure the solidity of the public edifices. The massive roof of the Capitol formed of brass, and it seems lined with gold, and the bronze covering and sculptured portals of the Pantheon, were torn from their respective temples by Genseric; but the edifices themselves were spared, and the latter still remains to shew how little damage its essential form suffered in...show more

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  • Paperback | 184 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 340g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783492
  • 9781236783493