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196 ROMAN DAYS.
ent schools and stages of development. It was the
Graeco-Roman world in miniature—a world’s exhibition
of the forms in which human cultivation had up to that
time given itself utterance. Here the emperor had hoped
to rest from his labors, and live a happy old age. But
he was burdened with melancholy, and with this was as-
sociated bodily suffering, that bowed him ever more and
more. He sighed for death, but it delayed long. It was
as though an inexorable power lay in the sacrifice with
which Antinous was said to have augmented the measure
of his life.
Amidst the ruined walls and rubbish of this villa have
been found many statues of Antinous, among others,
the fine statue at the Capitoline, the Vatican colossal
bust in the Museo Pio Clementino, and the relief in the
Villa Albani. The last-named work is one of touching
and saddening beauty. It represents a boyish Antinous
with long lotus-crowned locks, thoughtfully contemplat-
ing the wreath of Nile flowers he holds in one hand.
The bust in the Museo Pio Clementino rises from out a
lotus-flower, and is in particular remarkable for the moist
brilliancy the artist has given the eye. Other statues of
Antinous—there are more than thirty scattered through
the museums of Europe, not to count the Egyptianized
figures—have been dug from the tracts around Rome, at
Palestrina, Frascati and other places ; such as the colossal
bust in the Louvre, loaded with praises by Winckelmann,
a work executed in the grand and solemn style, and the
magnificent statue in the Vatican, an Antinous-Iacchus,
with ivy crown and thyrsus.
On the medallion reliefs, taken from some older build-
ing to adorn the triumphal arch of Constantine, but which
by their merits place the coarse sculpture of his own time

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