A Memoir of the Hon. William Hindman; A Paper Read Before the Maryland Historical Society, March 10th, 1879 Volume 14-18

A Memoir of the Hon. William Hindman; A Paper Read Before the Maryland Historical Society, March 10th, 1879 Volume 14-18

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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. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ...the growth of commerce and the arts of life, the city has become a fixed fact in all civilized nations, What was the name or the locality of the first city is lost in the oblivion that entombs the populations, the language, and the literature of the pre-historic nations. We cannot even re-create the buried wonders of Persepolis, the capital of ancient Persia, nor can we tread with confidence amid the mythical splendors of Babylon. What were the features of that civilization which dwelt upon the banks of the Tigris and the Euphrates, may be conjectured for us by laborious antiquaries; but no authentic record gives us more than the scantiest memorials of their greatness, their wars, and their decline. THE founding of cities is to be ranked among Vhen we come to the cities of ancient Greece and Rome, we tread on firmer ground. In spite of the multitude of lost books, so greatly to be deplored, we have remaining precious and inestimable records, copious enough to reconstruct, with the added help found in the ruins of art and architecture, the cities of the past. The founders of the cities of Attica and of Italy, the conditores urbium, were reverenced, and often deified. The sentiment of religion (or of superstition, if you will, ) presided over the genesis and the progress of every town. Surrounded by a sacred enclosure, and with a central altar on which burned forever the holy fire, the city was deemed the immediate and permanent abode of the gods of the nation. As pious Eneas brought the gods of Grecian Troy over many lands and seas to Latium, the city founded by Romulus was deemed sacred, and named Eternal. The tradition of the founding of Lavinium, whence the Romans sprang, has been preserved in the felicitous epic of Virgil, an..show more

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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746899
  • 9781236746894