LATIN & CLASSICS

Thomas Jefferson in his letter to Dr. Joseph B. Priestley, Jan. 27, 1800, reflects his thanks to his teachers:

"To read the Latin and Greek authors in their original, is a sublime luxury; and I deem luxury in science to be at least as justifiable as in architecture, painting, gardening, or the other arts. I enjoy Homer in his own language infinitely beyond Pope's translation of him, and both beyond the dull narrative of the same events by Dares Phrygius; and it is an innocent enjoyment. I thank on my knees, him who directed my early education, for having put into my possession this rich source of delight; and I would not exchange it for anything which I could then have acquired, and have not since acquired."

Rome looking toward St. Peter's Basilica built by Constantine;

this drawing dates to 1493

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