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The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 05, March, 1858 offers a diverse collection of essays, stories, and poems that provide readers with a glimpse into the intellectual and cultural landscape of the mid-19th century. The pieces cover a wide range of topics, from politics and history to literature and science, making for a stimulating and thought-provoking read.

One particularly engaging essay delves into the complexities of American society and the challenges of navigating the rapidly changing social and political landscape. The author's insightful analysis sheds light on the underlying tensions and contradictions that have shaped the nation's development, offering readers a fresh perspective on familiar historical events.

In addition to the thought-provoking essays, the magazine also features a number of captivating short stories and poems that showcase the literary talent of the era. These works provide a glimpse into the artistic sensibilities of the time, capturing the emotions and experiences of the period in vivid detail.

Overall, The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 05, March, 1858 is a rich and rewarding read that offers readers a valuable insight into the intellectual and cultural currents of the time. With its diverse selection of essays, stories, and poems, the magazine is sure to appeal to a wide range of readers interested in exploring the history and culture of the mid-19th century.

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VOL. I MARCH, 1858. NO. V.


parti elette Di Roma, che son state cimitero Alla milizia che Pietro seguette.

PARADISO, c. ix.

"Roma Sotterranea," the underground Rome of the dead, the buried city of graves. Sacred is the dust of its narrow streets. Blessed were those who, having died for their faith, were laid to rest in its chambers. In pace is the epitaph that marks the places where they lie. In pace is the inscription which the imagination reads over the entrance to the Christian Catacombs.

Full as the upper city is of great and precious memories, it possesses none greater and more precious than those which belong to the city under ground. Republican Rome had no braver heroes than Christian Rome. The ground and motives of action were changed, but the courage and devotion of earlier times did not surpass the courage and devotion of later days, while a new spirit displayed itself in new and unexampled deeds, and a new and brighter glory shone from them over the world. But, unhappily, the stories of the early Christian centuries were taken possession of by a Church which has sought in them the means of enhancing her claims and increasing her power; mingling with them falsehoods and absurdities, cherishing the wildest and most unnatural traditions, inventing fictitious miracles, dogmatizing on false assertions, until reasonable and thoughtful religious men have turned away from the history of the first Christians in Rome with a sensation of disgust, and with despair at the apparently inextricable confusion of fact and fable concerning them... Continue reading book >>

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