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in the author's lifetime; for we still find in the scholiasts a verse that ridicules part of a line translated from Hesiod. Nudas ara, sere. nudus-And we may easily guess at the judgment of this extraordinary critic, whoever he was, from his censuring this particular precept. We may be sure Virgil would not have translated it from Hesiod, had he not discovered some beauty in it; and, indeed, the beauty of it is what I have before observed to be frequently met with in Virgil

, the delivering the precept so indirectly, and singling out the particular circumstance of sowing and ploughing naked, to suggest to us that these em ployments are proper only in the hot season of the year.

I shall not here compare the style of the Georgics with that of Lucretius, which the reader may see already done in the preface to the second volume of MiscelJany Poems; but shall conclude this poem to be the most complete, elaborate, and finished piece of all añtiquity. The Æneïs, indeed, is of a nobler kind, but the Georgic is more perfect in its kind. The Æneïs has a greater variety of beauties in it, but those of the Georgic are more exquisite. In short, the Georgic has all the perfection that can be expected in a poem written by the greatest poet in the flower of his age, when his invention was ready, his imagination warm, his judgment settled, and all his faculties in their full vigour and maturity.



ACHAIA, described by a medal, 91, 92.
Adda and the Adige described, 168, 169.
Adrian, medals struck on his progress through the empire, 88.
Æneïd, compared with the Georgic, 454.
Æqui Falisci of Virgil, their habitation, 299.
Africa, explained by a medal, 81, 82. Its noxious animals described

by the poets, ibid.
Alban lake, 297.
Albano, for what famous, 296, 297.
Albula river, 292.
Alexander the Great, some of his busts, 310.
Alps, those mountains described, 323 to 329.
Ambron, (St.) his resolute behaviour towards Theodosius the Great

Ambrosian library at Milan, 161.
Amras castle and medals, 357.
Ancona, its situation, 204.
Anio river, 294, 295.
Annius Vernis, his bust, 314.
Anthony (St.) of Padua, his magnificent church, 171. A natural per-

fume arising from his bones, with a conjecture upon it, and his
famous sermon to an assembly of fish, 171 to 177. The titles given

him by a poor peasant, 177:
Antioch, described on a medal, and by the poets, 96.
Antiquaries, and writers of antiquities, wherein faulty, 273. Uncer,

tainty of their knowledge, 277.
Antiquities, two sets in Rome, and the great difference betwixt them,

Antium, its extensive ruins, for what famous heretofore, 260, 261,

262, 304.
Antoninus Pius, two coins stamped in his reign, 271. A medal, 312.
Anxur, its pleasant situation, 221 to 223.
Apollo, a figure in brass, 313.
Apostles, how they perpetuated their tradition, 422. And how their

successors preserved it, 430.
Apothecaries great orators, 331,

Appenine mountains described by the Latin poets, 213 to 216,

316, 317.
Appian way, 221, 314.
Aquapendente, its fine situation, 300.
Aqueducts, Roman, 295.
Aquila, his character, 412.
Arabia represented on a medal, and described by the poets, 98, 99.
Ariosto, his monument in the Benedictine church at Ferrara, 194.
Aristides, his character, 415.
Arthur, Prince, his statue at Inspruck, 356.
Asti, the frontier town of Savoy, 320.
Augustus, explanation of a medal stamped to his memory, 77, 79.

Another of his medals, 53.
Aurelius, Marcus, his medal, 251. Abundance of his statues at Rome,

280, 285.
Avernus lake, 234, 240, 245.

Bacca lake, 299.
Baiac," the winter retreat of the old Romans, 237.
Barber of Milan, his conspiracy to poison his fellow citizens, 162.
Barns in Switzerland, their particular make, 335.
Bartholomew (St.) his famous statue in the great church at Milan, 158.
Bear baiting, Claudian's description of it, 170.
Bear, held in mighty veneration at St. Gall, 344.
Benacus, described by Virgil, 168.
Bern, its public walks and arsenal, 335. The riches of its canton, 338.
Bolonia, for what famous, 317, &c.
Bolsena, lake and town, 299.
Brass, ancient and modern, distinguished by the taste, 102.
Brescia, why more favoured by the Venetians than any other of their

dominions; and its iron works, 168.
Britain compared with France, 387.
Britannia, description of her by a medal, 90.
Brutus, a medal of his, 318.

Caduceus, or rod of Mercury, described on a medal, 56, 57.
Cæsar's character, 373.
Cæsar's, Roman, the character ascribed to them on medals, 107.
Cajeta, why so called, 258.
Calvin, his advice to the Genevois, before he died, 347.
Cap worn by the eastern nations, 70.
Caprea described, 227, 246. Its fruitful soil, 246. Some account of

the medals found in it, 247, 251 to 253.
Cassis, a French port, its pleasant neighbourhood, 147,
Catacombs of Naples, 236.
Celsus, how he represented our Saviour's miracles, 409.
Cennis, a mountain between Turin and Geneva, 150.

Ceres, more statues of her at Rome than of any other of their

deities, 280.
Charles Borromeo, (St.) his subterraneous chapel in Milan, with an

account of him, and a comparison of him to the ordinary saints in

the church of Rome, 158.
Charles V. a medal on his resigning the crown to Philip I. 112, .
Chastity described on a medal, 33 to 35.
Christ, the testimonies of him in Pagan authors, 404 to 417.
Christianity, a character of the time when it took its rise, 417.. And

of the first converts to it, ibid.
Christian religion, a treatise of it, 403, &c.
Chronogrammatists, German, ridiculed, 113.-
Church, danger of it represented on a Pope's coin, 117.
Cimmerians, where placed by Homer, 258.
Civita Vecchia, its unwholesome air, 305.
Claudius, a medal of his explained, 57.
Clitumnus, the quality of its waters, 207.
Coin, old, licked by an antiquary to find out its age, 102.
Coins of the old Romans compared to Gazettes, 104.
Coins, ancient and modern, the different workmanship in each, 117.
Coins, ancient, the collections of them very deficient, 284.
Colonna Infame, a pillar at Milan, 163.
Commodus, explanation of one of his medals, 64 to 66.
Concord, described on a medal, 25.
Constance lake, 353.
Constantine, Emperor, the sign that appeared to him in the heavens,

66. A coin of his explained, 45.
Constantine, his medals and triumphal arch, 290.
Cornu-copia explained, 25, 55, 65.
Corona radialis described, 313.
Corona radiata, on medals, why it represented the sun, 78.
Craggs, (Mr.) Secretary, his character by Mr. Pope, 2.
Cremera river, 299.
Cumæ, very much changed from what it was, 256.
Cussiņus, an Englishman, was promised to the Duke of Austria's sister

in marriage, 337.

Daci, a medal on Trajan's victory over them, 67.
Domitian, Martial, censured for reflecting on his memory, 70, 71,
Dunkirk, the motto of a medal on that town censured, 116.


Echo, at Milan, a very surprising one, 164.
Egypt, described by a medal, 84, 85. Its fertility, 84. Its sistrum,

ibid. Its idolatry, 85.
English courted by the pope to settle at Civita Vecchia, 304. Pictures

of the English rebels at Friburg, 324.
Equity described on a medal, 35.
Escargatoire, the use of it, 334,

Eternity described on a medal, 36.
European states, weighed in Boccalini's balance, 369.
Evangelists, when they wrote,

Fact (Goodman) his character, 393, 394. His charge against Count

Tariff, 394.
Fano, from whence so called, 203.
Ferrara, thinly inhabited, and the town described, 194.
Festivals instituted by the apostles, 428.
Fidelity described on a medal, 28, 29, 57.
Florence, its public buildings and famous gallery, 309. And rarities,

309, 310. Its statues, 310, 314. The great duke's care to prevent
Civita Vecchia from being made a free port, 304. Incensed against

the Lucquese, and why, 306.
Foligni town, 207.
Fortune, translation of Horace's ode to her, 32.
France described by a medal, 87, 88.
France, reasons for the enmity of that nation to Britain, 365.

danger from her union with Spain, 367, &c. The means to effect
their separation, 373, &c. A calculation of her inhabitants, 375,387.

The state of that kingdom compared with Great Britain, 387, &c.
French medals, an account of them, 115, 116.
Frescati, its fine walks and water-works, 295.
Fribourg described, with its hermitage, 334, 335.
Fruitfulness, emblem of it on a medal, 61, 62.

Galbinus lake, 295.
Galba, a.coin of his explained, 24, 25.
Gall, (St.) Abbot of, the extent of his territories, and manner of his

election, 340, 341. Riches of the inhabitants, and their quarrel
with the abbot, 341, 342. The abbey and their arms, 343. Their

manufactures, 341. Pension from France, 344.
Gall (St.) the great apostle of Germany, some account of him, 344.
Gallienus, a medal of his, 252.
Garigliano described, 222,
Gaurus mountain, 234.
Generals of the confederate forces in the late war, their character, 377.
Geneva, its situation, 325. Under the emperor's displeasure, and

why, 333. Esteemed the court of the Alps, 347. Its lake, 326,

332. Arsenal, 336.
Genoa, its description, 150. Its bank no burden to the Genoese, 152,

153. Why incapable of being made a free-port, 303. Its gulph, 149.
Genoese, their manners described, and their character by the modern

Italian and Latin poets, 150. Their indiscretion, and why they
were obliged lately to be in the French interest; their fleet, and its
service, 153, 154. Their doge claims a crown and sceptre from
their conquest of Corsica, 154. An advantage arising to them from
it, and a different maxim observed by the ancient Romans, ibide

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