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ADVERTISEMENT.

, to While this book may be resorted to, occasionally by gentlemen who have finished their classical course of education, we trust it will be found very useful to both young ladies and young gentlemen prosecuting their studies in polite literature, especially as classical learning has of late become an object of considerable importance in female education.

Thirty new and beautiful outlined plates, drawn from antique statues, have been engraved for this edition by G. FAIRMAN, Esq. an artist of the first reputation of this country, and the work is printed with good type, on paper of an excellent quality; it is therefore anticipated, that it will meet with a favourable reception, and a liberal support from the classical reader and the heads of colleges, acadamies and schools, equal to the endeavours

of the publishers to render it worthy of their patronage.

QUESTIONS FOR EXAMINATION, for the convenience of teachers, and for the use of students, will be found at the end of each chapter. The table of contents exhibits a brief ANALYSIS of the work.

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INTRODUOTION.

MODERN DESCRIPTION OF THE PANTHEON.

This temple, the most celebrated of those which have escaped the more essential injuries of time, impresses us with a very striking idea of the magnificence of the ancients. From its circular form it has acquired the name of the rotunda. The entrance to it is under a grand portico, supported by sixteen immense columns of the Corinthian order, each of them composed of a single piece of red oriental granite. Of these, eight of them are in front, and sustain an entablature and frontispiece of the most beautiful proportion which architecture can boast. The circumference of each of these columns is fourteen feet; and the height, independent of the base and capital, which are of white marble, two and forty. The inside of the temple is supplied with light through one circular aperture, the diameter of which is six and twenty feet, and to which there is an ascent by a staircase consisting of an hundred and ninety steps. The gallery over the principal altar of a semicircular form, is obtained from the thickness of the wall, and supported by pillars of yellow marble. On every side are chapels adorned also with columns of yellow marble, and with pilasters crowned with an entablature of white marble, which extends round the building. The walls and the pavement are cased

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