CHAP. 18.—AT WHAT PERIOD CEILINGS WERE FIRST GILDED.
The ceilings which, at the present day, in private houses
even, we see covered with gold, were first gilded in the Capi-
tol, after the destruction of Carthage, and during the censorship
of Lucius Mummius.1
From the ceilings this luxuriousness
has been since transferred to the arched roofs of buildings,
and the party-walls even, which at the present day are gilded
like so many articles of plate: very different from the times
was far from being unanimously approved of for
having gilded the brazen tiles of the Capitol!