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A CRITIC IN PALL MALL



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As one enters Rome from the Via Ostiensis by the Porta San Paolo, the first object that meets the eye is a marble pyramid which stands close at hand on the left. There are many Egyptian obelisks in Rome—tall, snakelike spires of red sandstone, mottled with strange writings, which remind us of the pillars of flame which led the children of Israel through the desert away from the land of the Pharaohs; but more wonderful than these to look upon is this gaunt, wedge-shaped pyramid standing here in this Italian city, unshattered amid the ruins and wrecks of time, looking older than the Eternal City itself, like terrible impassiveness turned to stone. And so in the Middle Ages men supposed this to be the sepulchre of Remus, who was slain by his own brother at the founding of the city, so ancient and mysterious it appears; but we have now, perhaps unfortunately, more accurate information about it, and know that it is the tomb of one Caius Cestius, a Roman gentleman of small note, who died about 30 b.c.

Sobre o Autor

Escritor e dramaturgo, Oscar Wilde nasceu em 16 de outubro de 1854 em Dublin, na Irlanda. Estudou no Trinity College na sua cidade natal, onde se sobressaiu e ganhou uma bolsa de estudos para Magdalen College em Oxford. Ainda em Oxford, na Inglaterra, ganhou o prêmio Newdigate com o poema Ravenna. Na mesma época, mudou-se para Londres, onde começou a ter uma vida social bem agitada. Fundou o movimento estético, no qual defendia, a partir de...
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