A Description Of The Antiquities And Other Curiosities Of Rome

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byEdward Burton

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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. 1821. Excerpt: ... tomary to work the heads separate from the rest, and join them on. This is the case in the statues of Niobe and her children at Florence2. The hall of the Muses contains much the best collection of those ladies, which I have seen. They were almost all found in Adrian's Villa by Alexander VI. Besides them, there are several busts of Philosophers, some of which, from having their names and sayings under them, are unquestionably authentic. These are Socrates, Zeno, Periander, Pittacus, Bias, Pericles, Antisthenes, besides many which are mutilated. With respect to the bust of Socrates, it may be curious to shew the exact agreement, which his features bear to the descriptions in ancient authors. "Socrates was said to resemble Silenus in his "looks; for he was flat-nosed and bald1." "Now do not be angry with me: he Was not "handsome, but he resembled you in the flatness "of his nose, and in the exterior of his eyesb." "A person would be a fool, who was to put such "a question as this, Whether any one had a "flatter nose than Socrates0?" 1 Winkelmann, lib. iv. c. 7. s. 10. a Schol. in Aristoph. Nub. 223. b Plato, Theat. c Athenams, lib. v. c. 60. (ed. Sweigh.) The same account also is given by Plato, Sympos.; Lucian, Dial. Mort.; Xenophon, Sympos.; and Synesius, Calvitii Encomium. From a passage in Cicero, it would seem, that there were craniologists in those days; " Zopyrus et stupidum esse Socratem dixit et bardum, "quod jugula concava non haberet; obstructas eas partes et "obturatas esse dicebat." De Fato, c. 2. In a circular room out of this, which is 61 feet in diameter and extremely beautiful, is a magnificent cup of porphyry, 46 feet in circumference, found in the Baths of Titus. The sides of the room are ornamented with very fine statues, and the floor c...

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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. 1821. Excerpt: ... tomary to work the heads separate from the rest, and join them on. This is the case in the statues of Niobe and her children a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:134 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.29 inPublished:February 1, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217633110

ISBN - 13:9780217633116

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