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1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 539 Naples

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 where with our dripping candles peering through these subterranean passages we continually see steps and portions of the original walls which assure us of its genuiness [sic]

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 From these explorations they have discovered the dimensions and have made a neat marble model of it as shown by the photograph. What feelings one experiences on the stage at a depth of over an hundred feet below the street where we consider that this wealthy Herculaneum with its splendid marble theatre holding ten thousand spectators was entirely engulfed, centuries deposited upon it earth, vegetation, perhaps forests, then a settlement, a village, and now that village is an ancient city many hundred years old, its denizens ignorant of what was below them until Prince D’Elboeuf of Loraine in 1719 struck the theatre at the depth of ninety feet while digging a well to supply his Portici casino with water-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 This Theatre probably had no roof. Its semi-circle of stone seats is the same as all ancient ampitheatrical [sic] arenas that I have seen, it may have been covered with canvass.

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 Up the hundrid [sic] steps again, to the office we first entered, then we start for the place where a small portion of Herculaneum has been uncovered. Out into a filthy narrow lane, through a score of beggar children, down towards the sea, picking our way from side to side over a stream of filthy water which was running down swiftly in the centre of the road, brushing by scores of the filthiest inhabitants one can imagine where it is very evident that another similar eruption would be a benefit to mankind, crooking around, between high walls, a quarter of a mile, and we reach a high iron gate on our left where a guard admits us into the yard in front of the excavation.

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