and on his hesitating to reply, he added another:
o(ra=|s fa/essi *masga/ban timw/menon
Honor'd with torches, Masgabas you see;
and put the same question to him concerning that likewise. The latter replying, that, whoever might be the author, they were excellent verses,A courtly answer from the Professor of Science, in which character he attended Tiberius. We shall hear more of him in the reign of that emperor.
he set up a great laugh, and fell into an extraordinary vein of jesting upon it. Soon afterwards, passing over to Naples, although at that time greatly disordered in his bowels by the frequent returns of his disease, he sat out the exhibition of the gymnastic games which were performed in his honour every five years, and proceeded with Tiberius to the place intended. But on his return, his disorder increasing, he stopped at Nola, sent for Tiberius back again, and had a long discourse with him in private; after which, he gave no further attention to business of any importance.
born A. U. C. 691, and died A. U. C. 766.
His remains were carried by the magistrates of the municipal
Municipia were towns which had obtained the rights of Roman citizens. Some of them had all which could be enjoyed without residing at Rome. Others had the right of serving in the Roman legions, but not that of voting, nor of holding civil offices. The municipia retained their own laws and customs; nor were they obliged to receive the Roman laws unless they chose it.
towns and colonies, from Nola to Bovillae,Bovillae, a small place on the Appian Way, about nineteen miles from Rome, now called Frattochio.
and in the night-time, because of the season of the year.
During the intervals, the body lay in some basilica, or great temple, of each town.
At Bovillae it was met by the Equestrian Order, who carried it to the city, and deposited it in the vestibule of his own house.
The senate proceeded with so much zeal in the arrangement of his funeral, and paying honour to his memory,
are mentioned as inhabited cities in the chart of Peutinger, which is of the date of Constantine.
The eruption of A. D. 471 was probably the most frightful on record; and if we may believe Marcellinus, the ashes of the volcano were vomited over a great portion of Europe, reaching to Constantinople, where a festival was instituted in commemoration of the strange phenomenon.
After this, we hear no more of the cities, but the portion of the inhabitants who escaped built or occupied suburbs at Nola in Campania and at Naples.
In the latter city, the Regio Herculanensium, or Quarter of the Herculaneans, an inscription marked on several lapidary monuments, indicates the part devoted to the population driven from the doomed city.
From Pliny we learn that the papyrus plant grew in the marshes of Egypt or in the sluggish waters of the river Nile in pools which did not exceed 3 1/2 feet in depth, forming a gracefully tapering stalk, triangular in cross-section and not over 16 feet (10 cubi