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Brewer's: Mincio

or Mintio. The birthplace of Virgil. The Clitumnus, a river of Umbria, was the residence of Propertius; the Anio is where Horace had a villa; the river Meles, in Ionia, is the supposed birt…

Brewer's: Augustan Age

The best literary period of a nation; so called from Augustus, the Emperor of Rome, the most palmy time of Latin literature. Horace, Ovid, Propertius, Tibullus, Virgil, etc., flourished in …

Brewer's: Nephew

(French neveu, Latin nepos). Both in Latin and in archaic English the word means a grandchild, or descendant. Hence, in 1 Tim. v. 4, we read- “If a woman have children or nephews [gra…

Brewer's: Lawrence

(St.). Patron saint of curriers, because his skin was broiled on a gridiron. In the pontificate of Sextus I. he was charged with the care of the poor, the orphans, and the widows. In the pe…

Brewer's: Mass

High Mass or “Grand Mass” is sung by choristers, and celebrated with the assistance of a deacon and sub-deacon. Low Mass is simply read without singing; there is one between the…

The Divine Comedy: Inferno: Canto XII

Canto 11 Canto 13 Inferno: Canto XII The place where to descend the bank we came Was alpine, and from what was there, moreover, Of such a kind that every eye would shun it. Such as th…

Book One

Book OneFrom my grandfather Verus I learned good morals and the government of my temper.From the reputation and remembrance of my father, modesty and a manly character.From my mother, piety …

The Divine Comedy: Inferno: Canto XII

Inferno: Canto XIInferno: Canto XIIIInferno: Canto XII The place where to descend the bank we came Was alpine, and from what was there, moreover, Of such a kind that every eye would shu…