The Cosmopolitan Volume 52, Nos. 1-6

The Cosmopolitan Volume 52, Nos. 1-6

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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. 1911 edition. Excerpt: ...gathered about them numerous followers, the "glad tidings" of the new religion reached Ostia immediately, and among the suburban townships Ostia was the first to become an episcopal see. Plutarch says that Julius Caesar had decided to undertake important dredging operations at the mouth of the Tiber, in order to render Ostia a first-rate military and mercantile port, but his tragic end prevented him from carrying out his design. It is no exaggeration to say that Ostia was the enfant gate--the spoiled child--of the long line of Roman emperors. Every year, in the month of May, they proceeded with great pomp and solemnity to the seaport town, followed by thousands of citizens, in order to sacrifice at the shrine of the presiding divinities, Castor and Pollux, and to celebrate the Majuma festivities in their honor. On each of these occasions they added to the already existing architectural and artistic treasures of the city. Under the Emperor Honorius, at the beginning of the fifth century, Ostia had already ceased to be a harbor in the real sense of the word. "It is rendered inaccessible," sadly exclaims the poet Rutilius in his "Itinerary," "and nothing but the glorious name of its founder.(Eneas now remains." During the Gothic wars it suffered severely, and Procopius says that in' 540 its walls were completely dismantled, although magnificent monuments still bore witness to its ancient glory. Even these, however, were destined shortly to disappear, for in the ninth century the Saracens One of the large, decorated sacrificial vessels used began their in the performance of certain rites at Ostia piratical incursions, burning and pillaging and systematically destroying what they could not carry away....show more

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  • Paperback | 452 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 23mm | 803g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236915194
  • 9781236915191