Synopses & Reviews
Excerpt from Circulars of Information of the Bureau of Education, Vol. 1: 1873
Latin eloquence declined in Italy from the first days of the empire natural eloquence was supplanted by rhetorical trickery. Poetry shone in its greatest splendor during the reign of Augustus. It was a reﬂec tion of the bright light that had been kindled in Greece, but during the reign of Tiberius it lost its natural beauty and its serene gracefulness; men of deeper thought sought refuge in stoic philosophy, while the governing power found its chief support in the thoughtless multitude. It ﬂattered their insatiable desire for sensual enjoyments, and built the Coliseum, the true temple of. Caesarism. It is a fact worthy of note that in those times of trials, of terrors, and of insane orgies, Spaniards represented in Rome the Spirit of old Rome; and the accession to the throne of two Spanish nobles, Trajan and Hadrian, once more arrested the fatal course of the empire hurrying to destruction, and made a brief but brilliant era in the history of Roman art and literature.
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