¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 expiring paganism, the “Schola Xantha” from one Fabius Xanthus who had previously restored it- It was for use of the notaries and public scribes, which must have been during the reign of Empr Gratian- So that the successors of Emp Constantine (AD. 307) were lenient to paganism, yet there were troublesome times, as there were eighteen Emperors and Popes between Constantine the Great and Gratian.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Where the “Forum Romanum” was built was formerly a marsh at the base of the Capatoline [sic] Palatine and Esquiline hills containing many acres, which was drained by the Cloaca Maxima (sewer), and turned into “Forum” which became the “focus of political and civil life, the scene of popular assemblies judicial transactions commercial negociations [sic] and public amusements”- When the userpers [sic] transformed the republic into a military despotism (B.C.) each Emperor attempted to obliterate the recollections of his predicessors [sic] by the erection of new buildings which should obscure the lustre of the older ones, many of which were built adjoining or contiguous to the Forum, increasing its facilities to accomodate [sic] the increasing requirements of the vast city, which made this their grand centre, such as Basilicas (courts of Justice) temples, arches, +c all of which, from the scarcity of glass were built with colonnades and large openings. A few of the buildings on the higher slopes had already been in existence many centuries-
Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0
Thus, directly before me, (as I am still supposed to stand on the sacra via) stands one of the oldest and most interesting Roman ruins, the “temple of Saturn” of which eight columns are yet standing with their original entabliture [sic] on top, consecrated B.C. 491 under