¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 It stands on a massive stone basement fifteen feet high. Three of the central columns are each a single block of polished gray granite, and a fourth is pieced near the top. The rest are in two pieces, and but slightly wasted, notwithstanding the beating storms, cracking frosts and earthquakes of twenty three hundred and sixty two years-
¶ 4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 In all of these oldest ruins, the massive columns and entabliture [sic], the durability of the material, the excellence of the proportions, the massive grandeur, all show a care and skill in architecture not excelled to this day- and whenever I approach them I am wrapped in admiration , with a charm that would enchain me for hours did not my companions drag me away.
¶ 5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 At the left of the temple of Saturn stands the remnants of the “temple of Vespasian”. Three fluted corinthian [sic] columns which formed the corner and on which still rests the massive entabliture [sic] containing the inscription, in part, regarding its restoration under Severus, AD 194. It was erected AD 79 under Empr Titus, and shows much better workmanship than the buildings of three or four years later-
¶ 6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 At the left of the Temple of Vespasian, and backing up against the Tab^u^larium, are the steps and foundation of the “temple of Concordia” founded B.C. 388 by Camillus (and reconstructed B.C. 7 by Tiberius,) in commemoration of the termination of the protracted wars between the plebians and patricians.