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2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Thence a long dusty walk past the (closed) ancient Porta Metronia took us to the ancient Porta Latrina [sic] (also closed) by which stands a little chapel over the spot where was martyred St John a member of the imperial household.

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 Having now walked four hours we were anxious for a cab, but dame fortune did not favor us with a sight of a disengaged one until we had walked a dusty mile past the Baths of Caracalla, colosseum, to the Forum-

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 Another day beginning at the Porta Latrina [sic] we cross a field to the ancient Appian way and visit the “tomb of Scipios”. Pull a latch string and work our way through the rickety doorway of a high farmwall- Up a few steps to a cellar door in the side hill, where a peasant coming from his hoeing meets us and begins at once to light his little tallow candles- Through an apartment filled with farm tools and rubbish, then down an incline to a level about thirty feet below the entrance, where we find the recesses and crooked passages where once reposed the illustrious bones of Scipios. L Cornelius Scipio Barbatus who was consul B.C. 297. Scipio Africanus, Aeneus the poet, and several other inscriptions are yet plain These tombs were discovered in 1780

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 In the same locality are several “columbaria” (pigeon holes) where, in the cellars are rows of cinerary urns for depositing the remains, with marble tables over each urn, another style of burial-

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 A short walk, out this appian way, brings us to the Porta San Sebastiano (already illustrated in foregoing pages) from whence we walk outside of the wall, finding many ugly holes and bruises by the cannon of Victor Emanuel as a feint was made on this gate, to the Porta San Paolo, thence inside past the tomb of Cestius and the protestant cemetery, in both of which the military guard prohibited us, requiring us to make

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