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" Mantua’s son, and the prey of Calabria,* Parthe-
nope now holds me, who sang of herds, fields and war."
Mantua me genuit, Calabrt rapuere, tenet nunc
Parihenope, cecini pascua, rura, duces.
The inscription was to be read, during the middle
ages, over the frieze of the vault. Now it is again to be
seen on a sort of memorial stone that a Frenchman, with
not altogether uncommon Gallic vanity, has erected, in
order at the cheapest possible price to let Virgil’s name
drag his own into the haven of immortality. The stone
announces solemnly that it is " consacr^ an prince des
i)o}tes lathis’’ by Mr. (I do best in leaving out the name)
" bibliothecaire de la reiyie des Francais" Well, Virgil
immortalized Bavius : why not, then, the well-meaning
’"’bibliothecaire’’ from Paris?
From Puteoli, Paul continued his journey to Rome,
burdened with gloomy thoughts; but at thQ Foriwi Appii
and the Tres Tabernce, several miles from the capital, a
large number of Christians had come together, to meet
him, on the Appian Way; and when he saw them, says
the Acts of the Apostles, he took courage and thanked
God. He had now travelled over the Pontine marshes.
On the right, he had the wild Volscian mountains, before
him the Alban mountains, on the slopes of which were
to be seen the cities of Velitrse and Lanuvium. Now
they went on through fairer and richer lands, strewn with
castles, villas, country-houses and magnificent tombs, and
* On a journey back from Greece, in company with the emperor Angus
tus, Virgil was taken ill and died in Calabria. The phrase "prey of Cala-
bria " alludes to this.

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