Alta parabat Culmina villarum, Graecis longque petitis Marmoribus, vincens Fortunae atque Herculis sedem. Juv. THE different villas on the outskirts of modern Rome have been noticed as one of its characteristic beauties, as well as one of the principal features of its resemblance to the ancient city, the environs of which seem to have been studded with similar retreats. Though these villas may be reckoned among the consequences of the rapacity of ministers of state and the extortion practised by papal families, who, during their temporary elevation, strove to enrich themselves at any rate for most of the great villas are the work of a few cardinals yet on contemplating the elegance displayed in their decorations, it must be admitted that wealth has seldom been more tastefully employed. While the eminent founder was VOL. II. (Typographical errors above are due to OCR software and don't occur in the book.)
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