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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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ROMAN DAYS.
THE ROMAN EMPERORS IN MARBLE.
I.
JULIUS C^SAR AND AUGUSTUS.
IF you go up to the Capitol to see Julius Caesar—and
where shall one find him if not there ? —do not look
to see Sulla’s ’’
carelessly belted boy," Avith the self-reli-
ant bearing, the persuasive gesture, the head of curls, the
lively black eyes, and slender, well-rounded limbs ! That
Caesar, descendant of Aphrodite, whose youthful beauty
drew to him the glances of all his fellow-citizens assembled
on the forum, and charmed King Nicomedes, has vanished.
Whether you go to the left to see the bust of Caius Julius
in the Hall of Emperors of the Capitoline gallery, or to
the right where his colossal statue awaits you in the ar-
cade of the conservators’ palace, you will not discover a
trace of the fopling of whom Cicero declared :
" When I
see his locks curled with such infinite care, and mark how
he strokes them with a finger, it seems to me impossible
that that man can brood upon so great a disaster—the
overthrow of the Roman republic."
But it is almost a pity he is gone. He should appear
again ; not as a mere statue, but alive in the body, upon

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