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

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

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Sida 115 - 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, the daily enjoyment of a scene of pomp and luxury which might excite the envy of the kings of Asia.
Sida 123 - 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 179 - Nature hath furnished one part of the Earth, and man another. The treasures of time lie high, in Urnes, Coynes, and Monuments, scarce below the roots of some vegetables. Time hath endlesse rarities, and shows 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 59 - 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 58 - ... consisted more in the unison than in the extent of his powers : he knew better what he could do, what ought to be done, at what point he could arrive, and what lay beyond his reach, than any other artist. Grace of conception and refinement of taste were his elements, and went hand in hand with grace of execution and taste in finish, powerful and seldom possessed singly, irresistible when united...
Sida 113 - 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 149 - ... 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 23 - 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.
Sida 58 - ... taste are ornaments, not substitutes of form, expression, and character, and, when they usurp that title, degenerate into splendid faults. Such were the principles on which Apelles formed his Venus, or, rather, the personification of Female Grace, the wonder of art, the despair of artists ; whose outline baffled every attempt at emendation, while imitation shrunk from the purity, the force, the brilliancy, the evanescent gradations of the tints.
Sida 10 - Tiburtiue 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 prove how happily the ancient architects consulted the elevation of site and the point of view.

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