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The cities and cemeteries of Etruria (1878) (14593873269)


The cities and cemeteries of Etruria (1878) (14593873269)



Identifier: citiescemeterie02denn (find matches)
Title: The cities and cemeteries of Etruria
Year: 1878 (1870s)
Authors: Dennis, George, 1814-1898
Subjects: Tombs
Publisher: London Murray
Contributing Library: Robarts - University of Toronto
Digitizing Sponsor: University of Toronto

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he-demon, or Fury, winged, torqued, buskined,and half-draped, sitting, spear in hand, between two warriors.In character and attitude she bears a strong resemblance to oneof the demons painted on the walls of the Grotta del Cardinaleat Corneto, who sits as guardian over the gate of Hell, andprobably represents the Fury Tisiphone—• Tisiphoneque sedens, palla succincta omenta,Vestibulum exsomnis servat noctesque diesque.5 In duty bound, I have noticed these Etruscan relics. Yetfew who visit this silent and solemn corner of Pisa, where thegrandeur and glory of the city are concentrated, are likely togive them much attention. Few will turn from the antiquepomp, the mosque-like magnificence of the Cathedral—from thefair white marvel of the Leaning Tower—from the cunninglywrought pulpit and font of the Baptistery—or even from thefrescoed visions, the grotesque solemnities of the Campo Santo,to examine these uncouth memorials of the early possessorsof the land. 5 Virg. .En. VI. 555.
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From a Photograph. ETRUSCAN CI1IM.ERA, IN BRONZE. CHAPTER XL. FIEENZE.—FL OMENTIA. Florence, beneath the sun, Of cities, fairest one !—Shelley. Di te, Donna dell Arno, ancli io favelb.Tu, in regio trono alteramente assisa,Limperioso ciglioVolgi all Etruria !—Filicaja. Florence, the Athens of modern Italy, in the days of Etruscangreatness and of the earliest civilisation of the land, was nought.►She cannot claim an origin higher than the latter years of theRoman Republic.1 Yet she may be regarded as the representa- 1 Frontinus (de Coloniis, p. 13, ed. 158S)says Florentia was a colony of the Trium-virate, established under the Lex Julia ;which has led some to conclude that suchwas the date of her foundation. Ilepetti,II. pp. 108, 150. Yet Floras (III. 21)ranks her with Spoletium, Intcramnium,and Praeneste, those most splendid mu-nicipia of Italy, which, in the civil warsof Marius and Sylla, suffered from thevengeance of the latter. Some editionshave Flucntia, but this can be no





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