Rome And Venice; With Other Wanderings In Italy, In 1866-7

Paperback | January 10, 2012

byGeorge Augustus Sala

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1869. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXXI. THE STREETS OF ROME. January 21. Much sympathy, which would have heen better bestowed elsewhere, has heen thrown away in bewailing the almost entire disappearance of the streets of ancient Rome. In the first place, persons are apt to forget that, although temples and basilicas, solidly constructed, may endure for a couple of thousand years, and, abating earthquakes, sieges, and the barbarians--to say nothing of princes who strip from old monuments the building-materials for new palaces-- may show, at the end of twenty centuries, as few symptoms of decay as the Maison Carree at Nismes, or the Amphitheatre at Verona, or the Temple of Vesta, here ordinary dwelling-houses are more fragile in their construction, are preserved with greater difficulty, and burnt down with greater facility. There may have been Chancery -suits, too, under the old Roman civil law, which proved as efficacious in ruining house-property as any great case of Jarndyce versus Jarndyce among us. Cheops built, and Praxiteles sculptured, for Eternity; but the mass of houses in the mass of streets in this world are but little cockboats launched on the broad river of Time, and doomed, in time, to be swamped or run down by bigger barks. Round about old cathedrals, it is true, the old, old dwelling-houses of our ancestors are curiously tenacious of vitality; and, in spite of all the efforts of the Houses-of-Parliament Commission and Baron Haussmann, some generations may yet elapse before the antique hovels which cling to the purlieus of Westminster Abbey and Notre Dame de Paris disappear: but these are but barnacles sticking to the keels of very old ships; elsewhere, new brooms are being continually made, and the sweeping away of old houses is incessant. The change they suffer, although thorough...

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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1869. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... XXXI. THE STREETS OF ROME. January 21. Much sympathy, which would have heen better bestowed elsewhere, has heen thrown away in bewail...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.27 inPublished:January 10, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:021732617X

ISBN - 13:9780217326179

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