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hands, not of Goths or Vandals, of barbarians
and foreigners, but of Italians, or at least of an
army in the pay of an Italian government, of



Ch. IX. THROUGH ITALY. 341

Venice itself, which at that time gloried in the
title of the second Rome, the bulwark and pillar
of Italian liberty and security. It is probable
that this army was composed of mercenaries^
banditti, and foreigners, and, like that of Charles V.
which they were hastening to join, fit solely for
the purposes of plunder, sacrilege, and devastation.
But, of whatever description of men these troops
were composed, they acted under the authority of
the Venetians, when they destroyed Narniy and
butchered its defenceless inhabitants.

The site of this town, its extensive views, its
dell, and the river, are happily described in the
following lines of Claudian :

Celsa dehinc patulum prospectans Narnia campum

Regali calcatur equo, rarique coloris

Non prccul amnis adest uibi, qui nominis auctor,

Ilice sub densa sylvis arctatus opacis

Inter utrumque jugum, tortis anfractibus albet*.

De Sext. Cons. Hon. 515.

From Narni the road runs through the defile
along the middle of the declivity, till suddenly,



Then Narnia, fam'd for spreading prospects, feels

The trampling of th' imperial courser's heels.

Hard by, a river of unwonted hue.

From which her name th' adjacent city drew,

Beneath a shady forest flows ; confin'd

By wood-crown'd hills, its whit'ning waters wind.



342 CLASSICAL TOUR Ch. IX.

the opposite mountain seems to burst asunder,
and opens through its shaggy sides an extensive
view over the plain of the Tiber, terminating
in the mountains of Viterbo. Here we left the
defile and the Nar, but continued to enjoy moun-
tain and forest scenery for some miles, till de-
scending the last declivity, a few miles from Otri-
coli, for the first time in the midst of a spacious
and verdant plain, we beheld clear and distinct,
glittering in the beams of the sun, and winding
along in silent dignity — the Tiber*.

OtricoU stands on the side of a hill, about
two miles from the ancient Ocriculi, whence it
takes its name. The remains of the latter lie
spread in the plain below, along the banks of
the Tiber, and present a considerable heap of



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