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have se with an half the the edg face onl actors v remembe Phædru pieces.
ne small proportion of wood about them, which could not ontain air enough to render the strokes, in any
considerable easure, full and sonorous. There is a great deal of differnce in the make, not only of the several kinds of instruents, but even among those of the same name. nga, for example, has sometimes four, and sometimes more ipes, as high as the twelve. The same variety of strings ау. be observed on their harps, and of stops on their Tibiæ, hich shows the little foundation that such writers have one upon, who, from a verse perhaps in Virgil's Eclogues, r a short passage in a classic author, have been so very nice i determining the precise shape of the ancient musical struments, with the exact number of their pipes, strings, nd stops. It is, indeed, the usual fault of the writers of ntiquities, to straiten and confine themselves to particuar models. They are for making a kind of stamp on every, ning of the same name, and if they find anything like an old escription of the subject they treat on, they take care to egulate it on all occasions, according to the figure it makes
such a single passage : as the learned German author, uoted by Monsieur Baudelot, who had probably never seen nything of a household god, more than a canopus, affirms bundly, that all the ancient lares were made in the fashion f a jug-bottle. In short, the antiquaries have been guilty f the same fault as the system-writers, who are for cramping heir subjects into as narrow a space as they can, and for reucing the whole extent of a science into a few general axims. This a man has occasion of observing more than nce, in the several fragments of antiquity that are still to e seen in Rome. How many dresses are there for each articular deity! What a variety of shapes in the ancient rns, lamps, lachrymary vessels, Priapuses, household gods, hich have some of them been represented under such a articular form, as any one of them has been described with I an ancient author, and would probably be all so, were ney not still to be seen in their own vindication ? Madam Pacier, from some old cuts of Terence, fancies that the larva, r the
persona of the Roman actors, was not only a vizard or the face, but had false hair to it, and came over the whole ead like a helmet. Among all the statues at Rome, I reember to have seen but two that are the figures of actors, hich are both in the Villa Matthei. One sees on them the
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fashion of the old sock and larva, the latter of which answers the description that is given of it by this learned lady, though I question not but several others were in use; for I have seen the figure of Thalia, the comic muse, sometimes with an entire head-piece in her hand, sometimes with about half the head, and a little frizze, like a tower, running round the edges of the face, and sometimes with a mask for the face only, like those of a modern make. Some of the Italian actors wear at present these masks for the whole head. I remember formerly I could have no notion of that fable in Phædrus, before I had seen the figures of these entire headpieces.
Personam tragicam fortè vulpes viderat ;
How vast a head is here without a brain ?
the same occasion ; but not of the following one in Martial, which alludes to the same kind of masks,
Non omnes fallis, scit te Proserpina canum,
Lib. iii. Ep. 43.
Will strip thy hoary noddle of its mask, In the Villa Borghese is the bust of a young Nero, which shows us the form of an ancient Bulla on the breast, which is neither like a heart, as Macrobius describes it, nor altogether resembles that in Cardinal Chigi's cabinet ; so that without establishing a particular instance into a general rule, we ought, in subjects of this nature, to leave room for the humour of the artist or wearer. There are many figures of gladiators at Rome, though I do not remember to have seen any of the Retiarius, the Samnite, or the antagonist to the Pinnirapus. But what I could not find among the statues, I met with in two antique pieces of Mosaic, which are in the possession of a cardinal. The Retiarius is engaged with the Samnite, and has had so lucky a throw, that his net covers the whole body of his adversary from head to foot, yet his antagonist recovered himself out of the toils, and was conqueror, accord
ng to the inscription. In another piece is represented the combat of the Pinnirapus, who is armed like the Samnite, and not like the Retiarius, as some learned men have supDosed : : on the helmet of his antagonist are seen the two Pinnæ, that stand up on either side like the wings in the petasus of a Mercury, but rise much higher, and are more Dointed.
There is no part of the Roman antiquities that we are better acquainted with, than what relates to their sacrifices. For as the old Romans were very much devoted to their reigion, we see several parts of it entering their ancient basso relievos, statues, and medals, not to mention their altars, combs, monuments, and those particular ornaments of archiecture which were borrowed from it. “An heathen ritual could not instruct a man better than these several pieces of antiquity, in the particular ceremonies and punctilios that attended the different kinds of sacrifices. Yet there is much greater variety in the make of the sacrificing instruments, than one finds who have treated of them, or have given us heir pictures. For not to insist too long on such a subect, I saw in Signior Antonio Polito’s collection, a patera without any rising in the middle, as it is generally engraven, and another with a handle to it, as Macrobius decribes it, though it is quite contrary to any that I have ever seen cut in marble; and I have observed, perhaps, several undreds. I might here enlarge on the shape of the triimphal chariot, which is different in some pieces of sculpture rom what it appears in others ; and on the figure of the discus, that is to be seen in the hand of the celebrated Casor at Don Livio's, which is perfectly round, and not oblong, is some antiquaries have represented it, nor has it anything Like a sling fastened to it, to add force to the toss.
Protinus imprudens, actusque cupidine lusus
-De Hyacinthi disco.
Went to snatch up the rolling orb in haste.
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Ov, Met. lib. x.
other so much by the shape as by the embroidery and colour, the one of which was too nice for the statuary's observation, as the other does not lie within the expression of the chisel. I observed, in abundance of bas reliefs, that the cinctus gabinus is nothing else but a long garment, not unlike a surplice, which would have trailed on the ground had it hung Ioose, and was therefore gathered about the middle with a girdle. After this it is worth while to read the laborious description that Ferrarius has made of it. Cinctus gabinus non aliud fuit quàm cum togæ lacinia lævo brachio subducta in tergum ita rejiciebatur, ut contracta retraheretur ad pectus, atque ita in nodum necteretur; qui nodus sive cinctus togam contrahebat, brevioremque et strictiorem reddidit. De re Vestiar. lib. in c. 14. Lipsius's description of the Samnite armour seems drawn out of the words of Livy; yet not long ago a statue, which was dug up at Rome, dressed in this kind of armour, gives a much different explication of Livy from what Lipsius has done. This figure was superscribed BA. TO. NI., from whence Fabretticoncludes, that it was a monument erected to the gladiator Bato, who, after having succeeded in two combats, was killed in the third, and honourably interred by order of the Emperor Caracalla. The manner of punctuation after each syllable is to be met with in other antique inscriptions. I confess I could never learn where this figure is now to be seen, but I think it may as an instance of the great uncertainty of this science of antiquities.
In a palace of Prince Cesarini, I saw busts of all the Antonine family, which were dug up about two years since, not far from Albano, in a place where is supposed to have stood a villa of Marcus Aurelius. There are the heads of Antoninus Pius, the Faustinas, Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus, a young Commodus, and Annius Verus, all incomparably well cut. Though the statues that have been found
the ruins of old Rome are already very numerous, there is no question but posterity will have the pleasure of seeing many noble pieces of sculpture which are still undiscovered, for, doubtless, there are greater treasures of this nature under ground, than what are yet brought to light. They have often dug into
1 Vide Fabr. de Columnâ Trajani.
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ads that are described in old authors, as the places where ch particular statues or obelisks stood, and have seldom led of success in their pursuits. There are still many
such omising spots of ground that have never been searched co. A great part of the Palatine mountain, for example, s untouched, which was formerly the seat of the imperial lace, and may be presumed to abound with more treasures this nature than any other part of Rome.
Ecce Palatino crevit reverentia monti,
And lodged amidst her guardian gods appears.
it, though they often find, to their disappointment, that hers have been beforehand with them. However, they nerally gain enough by the rubbish and bricks, which the esent architects value much beyond those of a modern ake, to defray the charges of their search. I was shown
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