My Travels Volume 2

My Travels Volume 2

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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. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ... an united people in Italy?' " In the supposition, then, that there does exist some characteristic type, where is the union of features which gives it a physiognomy? Here is a problem, of which the solution is difficult enough; but a difficulty must not frighten us;--we must face the question with courage. " Let us look in the higher grades of the higher order of things in the sciences, arts, and literature. We will glance at the ancient history before we quote the modern. Beginning with the first dawn of Christian civilization, without embarrassing the subject by reference to pagan Rome, and tracing the history through even the invasion of barbarians, all that existed in the world of art, science, and literature was to be found in the cloisters of Monterassino. Italy enjoyed this proud preeminence until the fourteenth century. In her was the light and the life of civilization; and here we may begin to trace those features which beam throughout the nation, and give to it a certain individuality. In vain were the men of those days conquered, oppressed, or divided; they arose again in all the freshness of youth in the Lombard and Florentine republic, in sacerdotal Rome, or the dukedom of Salerno. " It is here we recognize in the people of Italy, so vastly different in their governments, a seal of the existence of an united people. More glorious, but not less unfortunate times succeeded; Florence, Genoa, Amalfi, Pisa became republics. Rome, Pavia, Milan, Calabria, subjects of masters vastly different, yet the whole, until the days of the reformation, possessing those most distinguished in philosophy, science, and art. In Dante, Thomas d'Aquino, Galileo, and others, the truth of the preceding is confirmed. " It was now the...show more

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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236944909
  • 9781236944900