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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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shall only say that here will be met the same excellent
qualities which rendered the “Last Athenian” so
attractive. The “Roman Traditions” were originally
published by themselves. In this volume they have properly
enough been brought together with the “Roman
Emperors in Marble
,” so as to form a bouquet of varied
characters. In his studies on the emperors, the
Aphrodite of Melos and the Antinous, the author places us
face to face with ancient Rome, throwing the light of
new views on some of the most debated characters
among its former rulers; and in the pencil sketches,
with a nice æsthetic sense and excellent power of
observation and description, he gives us, in lively pictures,
the physiognomy of this city as the capital of the New
Italy; again, in the traditions of Paul and Peter, he
keeps a middle way between the historical style and the
plain attire in which the people are accustomed to
clothe the products of their own imagination, thus
handling the subjects in a style appropriately adapted to
their different intrinsic qualities. The whole is a highly
interesting series of historical and artistic studies and
picturesque sketches. And I should question whether
the tourist, who spends some time in the Eternal City,
could find a better companion during his days in Rome,
than the “Roman Days” of Viktor Rydberg.

Having not yet left behind him his fiftieth year,
Rydberg is still in the full vigor of his mental and bodily
faculties: he possesses “a sound mind in a sound
body.” We are then still permitted to look forward to
many a delightful product of his spirited and skillful
pen. Since his return from Italy, he has from time to
time published some lyrical poems, which show the

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