Editor’s note: The following is extracted from The Life of Christ, by Giovanni Papini (published 1923). The author’s perspective is Roman Catholic, his depictions sometimes metaphorical, his interpretations occasionally false or debatable. For all the imperfections that he would be the first to confess, Papini gives us a splendid picture of the Nativity, fittingly moving and thought provoking for the Christmas season. The Stable Jesus was born in a stable, a real stable, not the bright, airy portico which Christian painters have created for the Son of David, as if ashamed that their God should have lain down...Read More
Author: P.G. Mantel
Editor’s Note: This is the eighth chapter of Romulus, by Jacob Abbott (published 1902) VIII. The Twins Although the temple of Vesta itself, at Alba Longa, was the principal scene of the duties which devolved upon the vestal virgins, still they were not wholly confined in their avocations to that sacred edifice, but were often called upon, one or two at a time, to perform services, or to assist in the celebration of rites, at other places in the city and vicinity. There was a temple consecrated to Mars near to Alba. It was situated in an opening...Read More
Editor’s Note: This is the seventh chapter of Romulus, by Jacob Abbott (published 1902) VII. Rhea Silvia Rhea Silvia, the mother of Romulus, was a vestal virgin, who lived in the kingdom of Latium about four hundred years after the death of Æneas. A vestal virgin was a sort of priestess, who was required, like the nuns of modern times, to live in seclusion from the rest of the world, and devote their time wholly and without reserve to the services of religion. They were, like nuns, especially prohibited from all association and intercourse with men. Æneas himself...Read More
Editor’s Note: This is the sixth chapter of Romulus, by Jacob Abbott (published 1902) VI. The Landing in Latium Latium was the name given to an ancient province of Italy, lying south of the Tiber. At the time of Æneas’s arrival upon the coast it was an independent kingdom. The name of the king who reigned over it at this period was Latinus. The country on the banks of the Tiber, where the city of Rome afterward arose, was then a wild but picturesque rural region, consisting of hills and valleys, occupied by shepherds and husbandmen, but with...Read More
Editor’s Note: This is the fifth chapter of Romulus, by Jacob Abbott (published 1902) V. The Flight of Æneas Æneas, from his station upon the battlements of a neighboring edifice, witnessed the taking of the palace and the death of Priam. He immediately gave up all for lost, and turned his thoughts at once to the sole question of the means of saving himself and his family from impending destruction. He thought of his father, Anchises, who at this time lived with him in the city, and was nearly of the same age as Priam the king, whom...Read More
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