An Essay on the Roman Villas of the Augustan Age, Their Architectural Disposition and Enrichments;: And on the Remains of the Roman Domestic Edifices Discovered in Great Britain

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Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1833 - 179 sidor

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Sida 113 - The Egyptian granite was beautifully encrusted with the precious green marble of Numidia; the perpetual stream of hot water was poured into the capacious basins through so many wide mouths of bright and massy silver; and the meanest Roman could purchase, with a small copper coin...
Sida 121 - Phemius ! let acts of gods and heroes old, What ancient bards in hall and bower have told, Attemper'd to the lyre, your voice employ; Such the pleas'd ear will drink with silent joy. But oh! forbear that dear disastrous name, To sorrow sacred, and secure of fame : My bleeding bosom sickens at the sound, And every piercing note inflicts a wound.
Sida 177 - The treasures of time lie high in urnes, coignes, and monuments, scarce below the roots of some vegetables. Time hath endlesse rarities, and showes of all varieties ; which reveals old things in heaven, makes new discoveries in earth, and even earth itself a discovery. That great antiquity, America, lay buried for a thousand years ; and a large part of the earth is still in the urne unto us.
Sida 57 - Socrates, as we learn from Xenophon, who has introduced him in a dialogue, discoursing with that philosopher. He was one of the most excellent painters of his time. Pliny tells us, that it was he who first gave symmetry and just proportions in the art; that he also was the first who knew how to express the truth of character, and the different airs of the face; that he found out a beautiful disposition of the hair, and heightened the grace of the visage.
Sida 111 - And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
Sida 21 - The atrium was unquestionably the most essential and most interesting part of a Roman mansion ; it was here that numbers assembled daily to pay their respects to their patron, to consult the legislator, to attract the notice of the statesman, or to derive importance in the eyes of the public from an apparent intimacy with a man in power."* ATTITUDE.
Sida 147 - ... it the austerity of their national character, which displayed itself in their language and music. The lonians added to its original simplicity an elegance which has excited the universal admiration of posterity. The Corinthians, a rich and luxurious people, not contented with former improvements, extended the art to the very verge of vicious refinement. And thus (so connected in their origin are the arts, so similar in their progress and revolutions) the same genius produced those three characters...
Sida 8 - Maecenas's villa. Half the charm of the Tiburtine villas consists in the names which they bear. These rustic and grand substructions, however, crown the hill so admirably, that, whatever they originally were, they now appear the master object of Tivoli, and 248 prove / how happily the ancient architects consulted the elevation of site and the point of view.
Sida 106 - I read my lays. Nor every place nor every audience please. Full many bards the public Forum choose Where to recite the labours of their Muse ; Or vaulted baths, that best preserve the sound, While sweetly floats the voice in echoes round. The coxcombs never think at whose expense They thus indulge the dear impertinence. ** But you in libels, mischievous, delight, And never, but in spleen of genius, write.
Sida 111 - Impious she punish'd an incestuous king. Stretch'd on the springing grass, the shepherd swain His reedy pipe with rural music fills : 10 The god who guards his flock approves the strain, The god who loves Arcadia's gloomy hills. Virgil, 'tis thine, with noble youths to feast ; Yet, since the thirsty season calls for wine, Would you a cup of generous Bacchus taste, 15 Bring you the odours, and a cask is thine. Thy little box of spik'nard shall produce A mighty cask, that in the cellar lies ; Big with...

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