Evaluative language in The Grandeur of Ancient Rome
(Taken from Pliny the Elder’s account of The Grandeur of Ancient Rome)
The great buildings
[In great buildings] as well as in other things the rest of the world has been outdone by us Romans. If, indeed, all the buildings in our City are considered in the aggregate, and supposing them – so to say – all thrown together in one vast mass, the united grandeur of them would lead one to imagine that we were describing another world, accumulated in a single spot.
Not to mention among our great works the Circus Maximus, that was built by the Dictator Caesar – one stadium broad and three in length – and occupying with the adjacent buildings no less than four iugera [about 2 acres] with room for no less than 160,000 spectators seated – am I not, however, to include in the number of our magnificent structures the Basilica of Paulus with its admirable Phrygian columns [built also in Julius Caesar’s day], the Forum of the late Emperor Augustus, the Temple of Peace erected by the Emperor Vespasian Augustus – some of the finest work the world has ever seen.
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