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Rome are actually citizens. Out of Pantheon, that marvellous still admire in the heart of Rome, the monument which stands deathless while the This was constructed by Agrippa, the friend of Augustus, at his own expense, and stream of ages flows by. can be compared in this respect to Carnegie Hall in New York. Agrippa built the Pantheon from the same notions of civic zeal that impelled Carnegie to endow New York monu- with his great Hall. And the two ments, built by the personal munificence of two ultra- wealthy citizens, with an interval of twenty centuries between them, express the same desire to extend to the whole people a share in the enjoyment of the donor's private fortune.

One observation will suffice to give an idea We are justified in deducing from the great number of facts and data in our possession that of the difference. in the most flourishing and wealthy budget of the Empire, the sum total, centuries that the of all the is, items of expenditure which the central government at Rome had to meet expenditure on the most impor- immense an empire, which comprised the whole basin of the Mediterranean, and a large part of Europe, Asia, and Africa fell short, far tant public services of so short, of York.

If so, on That there should be those comparison and resolve it in this way, not surprising. But no one will be found to prestrike this tend that the judgment contained in those two words "young' and "old," thus interpreted, can or ought to be accepted as true by everyone. Ancient 38 On Rome and Modern America the other hand, it is possible to agree on a more narrow and precise interpretation of these words; to say that America is young and Europe old, because America reproduces some of the characters and phenomena which we find in antiquity, that is to say, in the remotest epochs of our history.

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