The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome; A Companion Book for Students and Travelers

The Ruins and Excavations of Ancient Rome; A Companion Book for Students and Travelers

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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. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ...residence of the Roman municipal administration. The walls of the palace rest on the ancient ones on the north, east, and south sides, as any one can see; but I have discovered a document which proves that the west side, viz., the facade of the palace towards the Piazza del Campidoglio, is likewise built upon ancient foundations. In p. 88 of the Bodleian MSS. Pirro Ligorio asserts that a beautiful "basamento di sasso tiburtino di bella e vaga modanatura" runs under the pedestals of the two River Gods on either side of the fountain, and gives a good outline of it. He also tells the following remarkable story about the fate of the two River Gods. They had formed part of the mediaeval museum of statuary on the Piazza di Montecavallo, which comprised the two colossal groups of Castor and Pollux, two statues of Constantine, one of Cybele, and the two reclining figures of the Nile and the Tigris, known by the name of Saturn and Bacchus.1 When the River Gods were removed to the Capitol for the decoration of the Palazzo del Senatore, an influential person (un malo consigliere) suggested that the Tigris should be transformed into a Tiber. The suggestion was adopted; the head of the tiger was changed into that of a wolf, and the two sucking infants were added to the group. Ligorio says that the fingers of the right hand of one of the twins were originally part of the hair of the tiger. Literature.--Giovanni Aznrri, Descrizione dell' areata dorica dell' antico Tnbulnrio. Rome, 1839.--Beschreibunt) d. Stadt Rom, vol. iii. p. +0.--Luigi Canina, Monumenti dell' Istituto, vol. v. pi. 31.--Charles Bunsen, La forums, p. 286.--Emd Braun, Ruint and Museums, p. 14.--Theodor 1 Sec Mirhaelis, Le antichita della citta di Rosna, descritte da Nicolao Muffel, in...
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  • Paperback | 210 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236596285
  • 9781236596284