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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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IV.
PRISCA AND PUDENTIANA.
TRADITION, which is acquainted with Paul’s School
and the house of Martialis, has of course not for-
gotten where the apostle Peter, first supervisor of the
Roman congregation, lived, during his many years’ pro-
ductive work in the capital of the world. Let us make a
pilgrimage to these spots, also.
We first take our way to the Aventine hill. On the
side towards the Tiber, it makes an impression of grand
and awful beauty. The sheer declivities of chalk and
sandstone vary in warm tones of color; the shelves of
rock are shaded by dark verdure of cypress and pine
;
and the summit is crowned by churches and cloisters,
that from below are like mediaeval strongholds. The
road up, is one of the loneliest in Rome. Between the
high walls (shutting out all view) which on both sides fol-
low its windings, you seldom meet a Roman ; still less
often one of those ruddy strangers, with Baedeker or
Murray in hand, who else swarm everywhere, in the city
of memories. For many centuries, a curse has rested on
the Aventine. It was formerly the most populous of
Rome’s hills. There, amid the many temples, then
lived industrious throngs of free workmen, the bone
and sinew of Rome. Now it is a desert waste, and the
few beings who have their abode there, try if possible to
leave, when summer comes ; for at that season the wind

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