The monk said that angels came and liberated Peter from prison by night, and he started away from Rome by the Appian Way.
Moving about the Rome of to-day, we might find it hard to believe in her old magnificence and her millions of population; but with this stubborn evidence before us that she was obliged to have a theatre with sitting room for eighty thousand persons and standing room for twenty thousand more, to accommodate such of her citizens as required amusement, we find belief less difficult.
But in ancient Rome they combined religious duty with pleasure.
Seventeen or eighteen centuries ago this Coliseum was the theatre of Rome, and Rome was mistress of the world.
I did not come to Rome to see," said Danglars aloud; then he added softly, with an avaricious smile, "I came to touch
He had scarcely advanced three leagues out of Rome when daylight began to disappear.
He understood that they had described a circle, and were bringing him back to Rome.
He ordered the portrait to be carried outside his tent, that the Old Guard, stationed round it, might not be deprived of the pleasure of seeing the King of Rome
, the son and heir of their adored monarch.
As time went on the Western Empire with Rome
at its head declined and fell, while the Eastern Empire with Constantinople as its capital grew great.
To those who have looked at Rome with the quickening power of a knowledge which breathes a growing soul into all historic shapes, and traces out the suppressed transitions which unite all contrasts, Rome may still be the spiritual centre and interpreter of the world.
And was not Rome the place in all the world to give free play to such accomplishments?
But now, since they had been in Rome, with all the depths of her emotion roused to tumultuous activity, and with life made a new problem by new elements, she had been becoming more and more aware, with a certain terror, that her mind was continually sliding into inward fits of anger and repulsion, or else into forlorn weariness.