Nec aspera torrent medal of honor

nec aspera torrent medal of honor

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I thank you, says Philander, for helping me to an use that perhaps I should not have thought on. But there is another of which I am sure you could not be but sensible when you were at Rome. There was not an Emperor or Empress but he knew by sight, and as he was seldom without Medals in his pocket, he would often shew us the same face on an old Coin that we saw in the Statue.

He would discover a Commodus through the disguise of the club and lion's skin, and find out such a one to be Livia that was dressed up like a Ceres. Let a bust be never so disfigured, they have a thousand marks by which to decipher it. All this however is easily learnt from Medals, says Philander, where you may see likewise the Page 23 plans of many the most considerable buildings of Old Rome.

You here see the copies of such Ports and triumphal Arches as there are not the least traces of in the places where they once stood. They are in short so many real monuments of Brass. This is a noble Panegyric on an old copper Coin, says Cynthio. Peter 's. The same kind of fancy, says Philander, has formerly gained upon several of your Medallists, who were for hoording up such pieces of money only as had been half consumed by time or rust.

There were no Coins pleased them more than those which had passed through the hands of an old Roman Clipper. I have read an Author of this taste that compares a ragged Coin to a tattered Colours. But to come again to our Subject. As we find on Medals the plans of several buildings that are now demolished, we see on them too the Models of many ancient Statues that are now lost.

I might here Page 26 make a much greater show of the Usefulness of Medals, if I would take the method of others, and prove to you that all arts and sciences receive a considerable illustration from this study. I must however tell you, that Medals and the Civil Law, as we are assured by those who are well read in both, give a considerable light to each other, and that several old Coins are like so many maps for explaining of the ancient Geography.

It is indeed an use that no body has hitherto dwelt upon. If any of the Antiquaries have touched upon it, they have immediately quitted it, without considering it in its full latitude, light and extent. Not to keep you in suspence, I think there is a great affinity between Coins and Poetry, and that your Medallist and Critic are much nearer related than the world generally imagines.

I could be longer on this head, but I fear I have already tired you. I must only warn you, that you do not charge your Coins with more uses than they can bear. It is generally the method of such as are in love with any particular science to discover all others in it. Duri si puer ingeni videtur Preconem facias vel architectum. Page 28 If of dull parts the stripling you suspect, A herald make him, or an architect.

The Sister- Graces hand in hand Conjoin'd by love's eternal band. The three Graces teach us three things. The return of it from the receiver. The three Graces are always hand in hand, to show us that these three duties should be never separated. They are naked, to admonish us that Gratitude should be returned with a free and open heart; and dancing, to shew us that no virtue is more active than Gratitude.

May not we here say with Lucretius? I dare say, the same Page 30 Gentlemen who have fixed this piece of morality on the three naked Sisters dancing hand in hand, would have found out as good a one for them, had there been four of them sitting at a distance from each other, and covered from head to foot. He will turn you over all Virgil to find out the figure of an old Rostrum, and has the greatest esteem imaginable for Homer, because has given us the fashion of a Greek scepter.

It is indeed odd enough to consider how all kinds of Readers find their account in the old Poets. One would be amazed to see what pains he takes to prove that Homer understood all the figures in Rhetoric, before they were invented.

I do not question, says Philander, were it possible for Homer to read his praises in this Author, but he would be as much surprized as ever Monsieur Jordain was when he had found he had talked Prose all his life-time without ever knowing what it was. I must confess, I believe both the one and the other took the Mode from the ancient Greek Statuaries.

It will not perhaps be an improper transition to pass from the heathen gods to the several monsters of antiquity, Page 33 as Chimaeras, Gorgons, Sphinxes, and many others that make the same figure in verse as on coins. I wonder, says Eugenius, that your Medallists have not been as diligent in searching the Poets as the Historians, since I find they are so capable of enlightning their art.

Though they taught us but the same things that might be learnt in other writings, they would at least teach us more agreeably, and draw several over to the study of Medals that would rather be instructed in verse than in prose. I am glad, says Philander, to hear you of this opinion, for to tell you truly, when I was at Rome, I took occasion to buy up many Imperial Medals that have any affinity with passages of the ancient Poets.

We are however obliged to you for preventing us with the offer of a kindness that you might well imagine we should have asked you. There is so much time taken up in ceremony, that before they enter on their subject the Dialogue is half ended. To avoid the fault I have found in others, I shall not trouble my self nor my Reader with the first salutes of our three friends, nor with any part of their discourse over the Tea-table.

You will find, says Philander, there is good sense in it. They have not a single ornament that they cannot give a reason for. I was going to ask you, says Eugenius, in what country you find these Ladies. But I see they are some of those Page 36 imaginary persons you told us of last night that inhabit old Coins, and appear no where else but on the reverse of a Medal. A different form did Virtue wear, Rude from her forehead fell th' unplaited hair, With dauntless mien aloft she rear'd her head, And next to manly was the virgin's tread; Her height, her sprightly blush, the Goddess show, And robes unsullied as the falling snow.

Silius Italicus makes them companions in the glorious equipage that he gives his Virtue. Page 37 [Virtus loquitur. Ibid, [Virtue speaks. The head of Honour is crowned with a Laurel, as Martial has adorned his Glory after the same manner, which indeed is but another name for the same person.

Mitte coronatas Gloria maesta comas. I find, says Cynthio, the Latins mean Courage by the figure of Virtue, as well as by the word it self. Page 38 —Salutato crepitat Concordia nido. Peace differs as little in her Dress as in her Character from Concord.

It is to this part of the Dress that Tibullus alludes. Kind Peace appear, And in thy right hand hold the wheaten ear, From thy white lap th' o'erflowing fruits, shall fall. Prudentius has given us the same circumstance in his description of Avarice. Page 40 How proper the emblems of Plenty are to Peace, may be seen in the same Poet. Pace orare manu— Virg. Ingreditur, ramumque tenens popularis Olivae. In his right hand an Olive-branch he holds. Page 41 Which by the way one would think had been spoken rather of an Attila, or a Maximin, than Julius Caesar.

You see Abundance or Plenty makes the same figure in Medals as in Horace. The Compliment on this reverse to Gordianus Pius is expressed in the same manner as that of Horace to Augustus. But to return again to our Virtues. Sure Hope and Friendship cloath'd in White, Attend on thee.

One would think, says Philander, by this verse, that Hope and Fidelity had both the same kind of Dress. Quem tenues decuere togae nitidique capilli. As Security is free from pursuits, she is represented leaning carelesly on pillar. Ad Fortunam. De pudicitia. At length uneasy Justice upwards flew, And both the Sisters to the Stars withdrew. Lib Since wives whate'er they please unblam'd can Why rear we useless Fanes to Chastity?

Ergo sedens velat vultus, obnubit ocellos Ista verecundi signa Pudoris erant. They have a particular way of hiding their ill-nature, and introduce a criminal rather to illustrate a precept or passage, than out of any seeming design to abuse him. But we must not leave the Ladies thus. Pray what kind of head-dress is that of Piety?

I do not question but you have seen in the Duke of Florence 's gallery a beautiful antique figure of a woman standing before an Altar, which some of the Antiquaries call a Piety and others a Vestal Virgin. Sed ne ignis noster facinori praeluceat, Per quem verendos excolit Pietas deos. Summa deum Pietas! Statius Silv. A God-like bird! Heav'n's peculiar care Has made thy self thy self's surviving heir.

Page 54 By Death thy deathless vigour is supply'd, Which sinks to ruine all the world beside. Thy age, not thee, assisting Phoebus burns, And vital flames light up thy fun'ral Urns. Whate'er events have been thy eyes survey, And thou art fix'd while ages roll away. When grown to manhood he begins his reign, And with stiff pinions can his flight sustain, Page 56 He lightens of its load the tree, that bore His father's royal sepulchre before, And his own cradle: This with pious care Plac'd on his back he cuts the buxom air, Seeks the Sun's city, and his sacred church, And decently lays down his burthen in porch.

Quicquid ab externis ales longaeva colonis. Colligit, optati referens exordia saecli. Life posts away, And day from day drives on with swift career The wheel that hurries on the headlong year. King of France 's Medalions. Page 63 You must excuse me, if I have been longer than ordinary on such a subject as Eternity.

Obviaque adversas vibrabant flamina Vestes. Marco sub Judice palles? Marcus dixit, ita est: assigna, Marce, tabellas. Haec mera libertas: hanc nobis pilea donant. A Will is to be prov'd; put in your claim; 'Tis clear, if Marcus has subscrib'd his name. Page 68 This is true liberty, as I believe; What farther can we from our Caps receive, Than as we please without controul to live Mr.

Te fastos ineunte quater, sollennia ludit Omina libertas. Tristis conditio pulsata fronte recedit: In civem rubuere genae, tergoque removit Verbera promissi felix injuria voti. Act My fortune might I form at will, My canvas Zephyrs soft should fill With gentle breath, lest ruder gales Crack the main-yard, or burst the sails. By winds that temperately blow The Barque should pass secure and slow, Nor scar me leaning on her side: But smoothly cleave th' unruffled tide.

The figure of the Deity was very large, as I have seen it on other Medals as well as this you have show us, and stood on one end of the vessel that patronised. And useless spears confus'd with tutelary Gods. The vessel sticks, and shews her open'd side And on her shatter'd mast the Mews in umph ride. A Ship-carpenter of old Rome says Cynthio, could not have talked more judiciously. They are commonly interpreted as an emblem of the Emperor's Justice. Atque umbrata gerunt civili tempora quercu.

But they, who crown'd with Oaken wreath appear, Shall Gabian walls and strong Fidena rear: Nomentum, Bola, with Pometia, found; And raise Colatian tow'rs on rocky ground. Statius Sylv. De Acheloi Cornu. Lib The God she suckled of old Rhea born; And in the pious office broke her horn, As playful in a rifted Oak she tost Her heedless head, and half its honours lost.

He, when the sceptre of the Gods he sway'd, When bold he seiz'd his father's vacant throne, And reign'd the tyrant of the skies alone, Hid his rough nurse the starry Heavens adorn, And grateful in the Zodiac fix'd her Horn. Betwixt the double Cornu-copia you see Mercury 's rod. Cyllenes coelique decus, facunde minister, Aurea cui torto virga dracone viret.

Descend, Cyllene 's tutelary God, With serpents twining round thy golden rod. Thus arm'd, the God begins his airy race, And drives the racking clouds along the liquid space. Thee first kind author of my joys, Thou source of many smiling boys, Nobly contented to bestow A pledge of peace in every throe.

Inde Fides dextraeque datae— Ov. The giving of a hand, in the reverse of Claudius, is a token of good will. Ipse pater dextram Anchises haud multa moratus Dat juveni, atque animum praesenti munere firmat. Like Hercules himself his son appears, In salvage pomp: a Lion's hide he wears; About his shoulders hangs the shaggy skin, The teeth, and gaping jaws severely grin.

Thus like the God his father, homely drest, He strides into the hall, a horrid guest! Page 85 When Telephus his youthful charms, His rosy neck, and winding arms, With endless rapture you recite, And in that pleasing name delight; My heart, inflam'd by jealous heats, With numberless resentments beats; From my pale cheek the colour flies, And all the Man within me dies. Call them not Trojans: perish the renown And name of Troy, with that detested town.

By the way, I have often admired at Virgil for representing his Juno with such an impotent kind of revenge as what is the subject of this speech. You may be sure, says Eugenius, that Virgil knew very well this was a trifling kind of request for the Queen of the Gods to make, as we may find by Jupiter 's way of accepting it, Olli subridens hominum rerumque repertor: Et germana Jovis, Saturnique altera proles: Irarum tantos volvis sub pectore fluctus?

Verum age, et inceptum frustra submitte furorem. Do, quod vis; et me victusque volensque remitto. Sermonem Ausonii patrium moresque tenebunt. Then thus the Founder of mankind replies. Unruffled was his front, serene his eyes, Can Saturn 's issue, and Heav'n's other Heir, Such endless anger in her bosom bear? Be Mistress, and your full desires obtain; But quench the choler you foment in vain.

From ancient blood th' Ausonian people sprung, Shall keep their name, their habit, and their tongue. The Trojans to their customs shall be ty'd, I will my self their common rites provide; The natives shall command, the foreigners subside: And shall be Latium; Troy without a name: And her lost sons forget from whence they came.

He knew too that a main objection to this story was the great difference of Customs, Language and Habits among the Romans and Trojans. But pray what is the name of the Lady in the next Medal? Methinks she is very particular in her Quoiffure. Her head is crowned with towers in allusion to Cybele the mother of the Gods, and for the same reason that Virgil compares the city of Rome to her. High as the mother of the Gods in place, And proud, like her, of an immortal race.

Then when in pomp she makes a Phrygian round, With golden turrets on her temples crown'd. The Vine issuing out of the Urn speaks the same sense as that in the Psalmist. Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine on the walls of thy house. The four Stars overhead, and the same number on the Globe, represent the four children.

There is a Medalion of Romulus and Remus sucking the wolf, with a Star over each of their heads, as we find the Latin Poets speaking of the children of Princes under the same metaphor. Utque tui faciunt sidus juvenile nepotes, Per tua perque sui facta parentis eant.

Thou too dear youth, to ashes turn'd, Eritannicus, for ever mourn'd! Thou Star that wont this Orb to grace! Thou pillar of the Julian race! I need not mention Homer 's comparing Astyanax to the Morning-star, nor Virgil 's imitation of him in his description of Ascanius. They face one another according to the situation of these two Planets in the Heavens. Sicut Luna suo tunc tantum deficit orbe, Quum Phoebum adversis currentem non vidit astris.

Page 90 Because the Moon then only feels decay, When opposite unto her brother's ray. But if we consider the history of this Medal, we shall find more Fancy in it than the Medallists have yet discovered. Nero and Octavia were not only husband and wife, but brother and sister, Claudius being the father of both.

We have this relation between them marked out in the Tragedy of Octavia, where it speaks of her marriage with Nero. To Jove his sister consort wed, Uncensur'd shares her brother's bed: Shall Caesar 's wife and sister wait, An Exile at her husband's gate?

Implebit aulam stirpe caelesti tuam Generata divo, Claudiae gentis decus, Sortita fratris, more Junonis, toros. Thy sister, bright with ev'ry blooming grace, Will mount thy bed t'inlarge the Claudian race: And proudly teeming with fraternal love, Shall reign a Juno with the Roman Jove. Nay, Epicurus' race of life is run; That man of wit, who other men outshone; As far as meaner stars the mid-day Sun.

Sol qui terrarum flammis opera omnia lustras. When next the Sun his rising light displays, And gilds the world below with purple rays. On his head you see the rays that seem to grow out of it. You have here too the four horses breaking through the clouds in their morning passage. The woman underneath represents the Earth, as Ovid has drawn her sitting in the same figure.

Sustulit omniferos collo tenus arida vultus; Opposuitque manum fronti, magnoque tremore Omnia concutiens paulum subsedit. Hosne mihi fructus, hunc fertilitatis honorem, Officiique refers? Quod pecori frondes, alimentaque mitia fruges Humano generi, vobis quoque thura ministro? And does the plow for this my body tear? This the reward for all the fruits I bear, Tortur'd with rakes, and harrass'd all the year? That herbs for cattle daily I renew, And food for man; and frankincense for you?

So much for the designing part of the Medal; as for the thought of it, the Antiquaries are divided upon it. It is supposed that the same occasion furnished Lucan with the same thought in his address to Nero. Seu te flammigeros Phoebi conscendere currus, Telluremque, nihil mutato sole, timentem Igne vago lustrare juvet — Luc.

Page 94 Or if thou chuse the empire of the day, And make the Sun's unwilling steeds obey; Auspicious if thou drive the flaming team, While earth rejoices in thy gentler beam— Mr. I look on similes as a part of his productions. I do not know whether he raises fruits or flowers in greater number.

Horace has turn'd this comparison into ridicule seventeen hundred years ago. And it is on this Ensign that we find in the present Medal. Christus purpureum gemmanti, textus in auro Signabat Labarum. Agnoscas, Regina, libens mea signa necesse est: In quibus Effigies Crucis aut gemmata refulget, Aut longis solido ex auro praefertur in hastis.

Constantinus Romam alloquitur. My Ensign let the Queen of nations praise, That rich in gemms the Christian Cross displays: Page 96 There rich in gemms; but on my quiv'ring spean In solid gold the sacred mark appears. Vexillumque Crucis summus dominator adorat. By the way you must observe, the where-ever the Romans fixed their standards they looked on that place as their country, and thought themselves obliged to defend it with their lives. For this reason their standards were always carryed before them when they went to settle themselves in a Colony.

This gives the meaning of a couple of verses in Silius Italicus, that make a very far-fetcht compliment to Fabius. It may be worth while to observe the particularities in each figure. The city of Rome carries the Wand in her hand that is the symbol of her Divinity.

Delubrum Romae colitur nam sanguine et ipsa More Deae — Prudent, cont. Page 98 For Rome, a Goddess too, can boast her shrine, With victims stain'd, and sought with rites divine. Terrarum Dea, Gentiumque Roma; Cui par est nihil, et nihil secundum. O Rome, thou Goddess of the earth! To whom no rival e'er had birth; Nor second e'er shall rise. The heap of arms she sits on signifies the Peace that the Emperor had procured her.

I think we cannot doubt but Virgil copied out this circumstance from the ancient Sculptors, in that inimitable description he has given us of Military Fury shut up in the Temple of Janus and loaden with chains. Claudentur belli portae: Furor impius intus Saeva sedens super arma, et centum vinctus ahenis Post tergum nodis, fremet horridus ore cruento. Janus himself before his fane shall wait, And keep the dreadful issues of his gate, With bolts and iron bars: within remains Imprison'd Fury, bound in brazen chains: Page 99 High on a Trophy rais'd of useless arms He sits, and threats the world with dire alarms.

Multos illa dies incomtis maesta capillis Sederat— Propert. O utinam ante tuos sedeam captiva penates. O might I sit a captive at thy gate! Ecce manus juvenem interea post terga revinctum, Pastores magno ad Regem clamore ferebant.

Mean while, with shouts, the Trojan shepherds bring A captive Greek in bands before the King. Page Cui dedit invitas victa noverca manus. We may learn from Ovid that it was sometimes the custom to place a slave with his arms bound at the foot of the Trophy, as in the figure before us.

Stentque super vinctos trunca trophaea viros. You see on his head the cap which the Parthians, and indeed most of the eastern nations, wear on Medals. Martial has distinguished them by this cap as their chief characteristic. The woman with the olive-branch in her hand is the figure of Peace. With the other hand she thrusts a lighted torch under a heap of armour that lies by an Altar.

You may find the history of it, says Philander, in Ovid de Fastis. I will therefore give you my own opinion of it. The vessel is here represented as stranded. His attendants, and the good office he is employed upon, resemble those the Poets often attribute to Neptune. The two small figures that stand naked among the waves are Sea-Deities of an inferiour rank, who are supposed to assist their Sovereign in the succour he gives the distressed vessel. Jamplacidis ratis extat aquis, quam gurgite ab imo Et Thetis, et magnis Nereus socer erigit ulnis.

The interpreters of this Medal have mistaken these two figures for the representation of two persons that are drowning. Page Ite Deae virides, liquidosque advertite vultus, Et vitreum teneris crinem redimite corymbis, Veste nihil tectae: quales emergitis altis Fontibus, et visu Satyros torquetis amantes. Statius de Balneo Etrusci. Haste, haste, ye Naiads! Page O Navis, referent in mare te novi Fluctus. Nor was any thing more usual than to represent a God in the shape and dress of an Emperor.

Statius de Equo Domitiani Syl. Now had Apelles liv'd, he'd sue to grace His glowing Tablets with thy godlike face: Phidias, a Sculptor for the Pow'rs above! Had wish'd to place thee with his Iv'ry Jove.

For the thought in general, you have just the same metaphorical compliment to Theodosius in Claudian, as the Medal here makes to Trajan. Page Had not thy Sire deferr'd th' impending fate, And with his solid virtue prop'd the state; Sunk in Oblivion's shade, the name of Rome, An empty name! I shall only add, that this Medal was stamped in honour of Trajan, when he was only Caesar, as appears by the face of it We have on it a Minerva mounted on a monster, that Ausonius describes in the following verses.

Illa etiam Thalamos per trina aenigmata querens Qui bipes, et quadrupes foret, et tripes omnia solus; Terruit Aoniam Volucris, Leo, Virgo; triformis Sphinx, volucris pennis, pedibusfera, fronte puella. To form the monster Sphinx, a triple kind, Man, bird, and beast, by nature were combin'd: With feather'd fans she wing'd th' aerial space; And on her feet the Lion-claws disgrace The bloomy features of a Virgin-face.

The Athenians, says he, drew a Sphinx on the armour of Pallas, by reason of the strength and sagacity of this animal. Whom both Minerva's boast t'adopt their own. Ecce Dionaei processit Caesaris astrum. See, Caesar 's lamp is lighted in the skies. Page —micat inter omnes Julium sidus, velut inter ignes Luna minores. This spoke; the Goddess to the Senate flew; Where, her fair form conceal'd from mortal view, Her Caesar 's heav'nly part she made her care, Nor left the recent Soul to waste to air; But bore it upwards to its native skies: Glowing with new-born fires she saw it rise; Forth springing from her bosom up it flew, And kindling, as it soar'd, a Comet grew; Above the lunar sphere it took its flight, And shot behind it a long trail of light.

Young Caesar on the stern in armour bright, Here leads the Romans, and the Gods, to fight: His beamy temples shoot their flames afar; And o'er his head is hung the Julian star. Hic socium summo cum Jove numen habet. Sed tibi debetur coelum, te fulmine pollens, Accipiet cupidi Regia magna Jovis.

Augusto ad Liviam. He wears on his head the Corona Radiata, which at that time was another type of his Divinity. The spikes that shoot out from the crown were to represent the rays of the Sun. It is this kind of crown that Virgil describes. The tender Sire was touch'd with what he said, And flung the blaze of glories from his head.

Imposuitque comae radios — Ibid. Then fix'd his beamy circle on his head. Tho' Phoebus longs to mix his rays with thine, And in thy glories more serenely shine. Colligit amentes, et adhuc terrore paventes, Phoebus equos, stimuloque dolens et verbere saevit: Saevit enim, natumque objectat, et imputat illis. Prevail'd upon at length, again he took The harness'd steeds, that still with horrour shook, And plies 'em with the lash, and whips 'em on, And, as he whips, upbraids 'em with his son.

Some of the Coins we have had before us have Page not been explained by others, as many of them have been explained in a different manner. There are indeed others that have had very near the same explication put upon them, but as this explication has been supported by no authority, it can at best be looked upon but as a probable conjecture.

It is certain, says Eugenius, there cannot be any more authentic illustrations of Roman Medals, especially of those that are full of fancy, than such as are drawn out of the Latin Poets. But who are the Ladies that we are next to examine? These are, says Philander, so many Cities, Nations and Provinces that present themselves to you under the shape of women. What you take for a fine Lady at first sight, when you come to look into her will prove a town, a country, or one of the four parts of the world.

This is one of the pleasantest Maps, says Cynthio, that I ever saw. I could not have thought your mountains, seas and promontories could have made up an assembly of such well-shaped persons. Huic varias pestes, diversaque membra ferarum, Concessit bellis natura infesta futuris; Horrendos angues, habitataque membra veneno, Et mortis partus, viventia crimina terrae; Et vastos Elephantes habet, saevosque Leones, In poenas faecunda suas, parit horrida tellus.

Here Nature, angry with mankind, prepares Strange monsters, instruments of future wars; Here Snakes, those Cells of poyson, take their birth, Those living crimes and grievance of the earth; Fruitful in its own plagues, the desart shore Hears Elephants, and frightful Lions roar. Lucan in his description of the several noxious animals of this country, mentions in particular the flying Dragon that we see on this Medal.

Nec tutus spatio est Elephas. And you, ye Dragons! The lowing Kine in droves you chace, and cull Some master of the herd, some mighty Bull: Around his stubborn sides your tails you twist, By force compress, and burst his brawny chest. Not Elephants are by their larger size Secure, but with the rest become your prize. Resistless in your Might, you all invade, And for destruction need not poison's aid. Ille minax nodis, et recto verbere saevus, Teste tulit coelo victi decus Orionis.

Page Who, that the Scorpion's insect form surveys. Would think that ready Death his call obeys? Threat'ning he rears his knotty tail on high, The vast Orion thus he doom'd to die, And fix'd him, his proud trophy, in the sky. They represent Africa in the shape of a woman, and certainly allude to the corn and head-dress that she wears on old Coins — mediis apparet in astris Africa, rescissae vestes, et spicea passim Serta jacent, lacero crinales vertice dentes, Et fractum pendebat ebur— Claud.

Gild Next Afric, mounting to the blest Abodes, Pensive approach'd the Synod of the Gods: No arts of dress the weeping Dame adorn; Her garments rent, and wheaten garlands torn: The fillets, grac'd with teeth in Ivory rows, Broke and disorder'd dangle on her brows. Tum spicis et dente comas illustris eburno, Et calido rubicunda die, sic Africa fatur.

Page Syrtibus hinc Libycis tuta est Aegyptus: at inde Gurgite septeno rapidus mare summovet amnis: Terra suis contenta bonis, non indiga mercis, Aut Jovis; in solo tanta est fiducia Nilo. By Nature strengthned with a dang'rous strand, Her Syrts and untry'd channels guard the land. Rich in the fatness of her plenteous soil, She plants her only confidence in Nile. The instrument in her hand is the Sistrum of the Egyptians, made use of in the worship of the Goddess Isis.

The bird before her is the Egyptian Ibis. Hic passim exultant Numidae, gens inscia freni: Queis inter geminas per ludum mobilis aures Quadrupedum flectit non cedens virga lupatis: Altrix bellorum bellatorumque virorum, Tellus— Sil. On his hot Steed, unus'd to curb or rein, The black Numidian prances o'er the plain: A wand betwixt his ears directs the course, And as a Bridle turns th' obedient horse. Exarmatus erit, cum missile torserit, hostis. Can Moors sustain the press, in close-fought fields, Of shorten'd fauchions and repelling shields?

Against a host of quiv'ring spears ye go, Nor helm nor buckler guards the naked foe; The naked foe, who vainly trusts his art, And flings away his armour in his dart: His dart the right hand shakes, the left uprears His robe, beneath his tender skin appears.

Their Steeds un-rein'd, obey the horseman's wand, Nor know their legions when to march, or stand; In the war's dreadful laws untaught and rude, A mob of men, a martial multitude. The Horse too may stand as an emblem of the warlike genius of the people.

Martial has given us the like figure of one of the greatest rivers in Spain. Fair Boetis! Olives wreath thy azure locks; In fleecy gold thou cloath'st the neighb'ring flocks: Page Thy fruitful banks with rival-bounty smile, While Bacchus wine bestows, and Pallas oil. And Prudentius of one of its eminent towns. Tho' no Calabrian Bees do give Their grateful tribute to my hive; No wines, by rich Campania sent, In my ignoble casks ferment; No flocks in Gallic plains grow fat;— Mr.

She carries on her shoulders the Sagulum that Virgil speaks of as the habit of the ancient Gauls. Aurea caesaries ollis, atque aurea vestis: Virgatis lucent sagulis— Virg. Page The gold dissembled well their yellow hair; And golden chains on their white necks they wear; Gold are their vests— Mr. Horace mentions this custom. Page and a crown of towers on her head to figure out the many towns and cities that stand upon her. Lucan has given her the like ornament, where he represents her addressing herself to Julius Caesar.

Amidst the dusky horrors of the night, A wondrous vision stood confest to sight; Her awful head Rome 's rev'rend image rear'd, Trembling and sad the Matron form appear'd; A tow'ry crown her hoary temples bound, And her torn tresses rudely hung around: Her naked arms uplifted ere she spoke, Then groaning thus the mournful silence broke.

She holds a sceptre in her other hand, and sits on a globe of the heavens, to shew that she is the Sovereign of nations, and that all the influences of the Sun and Stars fall on her dominions. Claudian makes the same compliment to Rome. The picture that Claudian makes of Rome one would think was copied from the next Medal. The next figure is Achaia. Page I am sorry, says Cynthio, to find you running farther off us.

I was in hopes you would have shown us our own nation, when you were so near us as France. This is, I think, the only commendable quality that the old Poets have touched upon in the description of our country. I had once made a collection of all the passages in the Latin Poets, that give any account of us, but I find them so very malicious, that it would look like a libel on the nation to repeat them to you.

We seldom meet with our fore-fathers, but they are coupled with some epithet or another to blacken them. Barbarous, Cruel and Inhospitable are the best terms they can afford us, which it would be a kind of injustice to publish, since their posterity are become so polite, good-natured, and kind to strangers. She sits on a globe that stands in water, to denote that she is Mistress of a new world, separate from that which the Romans had before conquered, by the interposition of the sea.

I think we cannot doubt of this interpretation, if we consider how she has been represented by the ancient Poets. The feet of Britannia are washed by the waves, in the same Poet. She bears a Roman Ensign in one of her hands, to confess herself a conquered province. She has a pot before her with a sprig of Parsly rising out of it.

It is certain, there were in Achaia the Nemean Games, and that a garland of Parsly was the Victor's reward. You have an account of these Games in Ausonius. Greece, in four games thy martial youth were train'd; For Heroes two, and two for Gods ordain'd: Jove bade the Olive round his Victor wave; Phoebus to his an Apple-garland gave; The Pine, Palaemon ; nor with less renown, Archemorus conferr'd the Parsly-crown.

Archemori Nemeaea colunt funebria Thebae. Neu vivax apium, nec breve lilium. Let fading Lillies and the Rose Their beauty and their smell disclose; Let long-liv'd Parsly grace the feast. And gently cool the heated guest. Juvenal mentions the Crown that was made of it, and which here surrounds the head of Achaia.

Page —Graiaeque apium meruisse coronae. And winning at a Wake their Parsly crown. She presents herself to the Emperor in the same posture that the Germans and English still salute the Imperial and Royal family. Sicily appears before Adrian in the same posture. The first figure of her is drawn to the life, in a picture that Seneca has given us of the Trojan matrons bewailing their captivity. Hecuba ad Trojan, chor. Now bared bosoms call for blows, Now, Sorrow, all thy pow'rs disclose.

Sir Ed. Who bar'd their breasts, and gave their hair to flow: The signs of grief, and mark of publick woe. Page So said the Matron; and about her head Her veil she draws, her mournful eyes to shade: Resolv'd to shroud in thickest shades her woe, She seeks the ship's deep darksome Hold below: There lonely left, at leisure to complain, She hugs her sorrows, and enjoys her pain; Still with fresh tears the living grief would feed, And fondly loves it, in her husband's stead.

I fancy, says Eugenius, the Romans might have an eye on the customs of the Jewish nation, as well as of those of their country, in the several marks of sorrow they have set on this figure. The Psalmist describes the Jews lamenting their captivity in the same pensive posture. The covering of the head, and the rending of garments, we find very often in Holy Scripture, as the expressions of a raging grief.

But what is the tree we see on both these Medals? We find, says Philander, not only on these, but on several other coins that relate to Judaea, the figure of a Palm-tree, to show us that Palms are the growth of the country. The man by the Palm-tree in the first of these Medals, is supposed to be a Jew with his hands bound behind him. I need not tell you that the winged figure on the other Medal is a Victory.

We find this way of registring a Victory touched upon in Virgil, and Silius Italicus. Lucan 's account of the Parthians is very pretty and poetical. Each fence, that can their winged shafts endure, Stands, like a fort, impregnable, secure— To taint their coward darts is all their care, And then to trust them to the flitting air.

Ausonius has taken notice of it in his verses on this city. Ordo Nobil. Thee, great Seleucus, bright in Grecian fame! The tow'rs of Antioch for their founder claim: Thee Phoebus at thy birth his son confest, By the fair Anchor on the babe imprest; Which all thy genuine off-spring wont to grace, From thigh to thigh transmissive thro' the race. You see her here entring into a league with Thyatira.

Each of them holds her tutelar Deity in her hand. Jus ille, et icti foederis testes Deos Invocat. Quicquid ad Eoos tractus, mundique teporem Labitur, emollit gentes clementia coeli. Illic et laxas vestes, et fluxa virorum Velamenta vides. While Asia 's softer climate, form'd to please, Dissolves her sons in indolence and ease. Page Here silken robes invest unmanly limbs, And in long trains the flowing Purple streams.

She bears in one hand a sprig of frankincense. And od'rous frankincense on the Sabaean bough. Thuriferos Arabum saltus. Thurilegos Arabas— Ov. In the other hand you see the perfumed reed, as the garland on her head may be supposed to be woven out of some other part of her fragrant productions. Nec procul in molles Arabas terramque ferentem Delicias, variaeque novos radicis honores; Leniter adfundit gemmantia littora pontus, Et terrae mare nomen habet— de sinu Arabico.

More west the other soft Arabia beats, Where incense grows, and pleasing odour sweats; The Bay is call'd th' Arabian gulf; the name The country gives it, and 'tis great in fame. Let Araby extol her happy coast, Her Cinnamon, and sweet Amomum boast; Her fragrant flowers, her trees with precious tears, Her second harvests, and her double years: How can the land be call'd so bless'd, that Myrrha bears? The trees drop balsam, and on all the boughs Health sits, and makes it sovereign as it flows.

Cinnami sylvas Arabes beatos Vidit— Sen. What a delicious country is this, says Cynthio? We find the Camel, says Philander, mentioned in Persius on the same account. You have given us some quotations out of Persius this morning, says Eugenius, that in my opinion have a great deal of poetry in them.

I have often wondered at Mr. Dryden for passing so severe a censure on this Author. For my part, says Cynthio, I am so far from Mr. Love-verses and Page Heroics deal in Images that are ever fixed and settled in the nature of things, but a thousand ideas enter into Satyr, that are as changeable and unsteady as the mode or the humours of mankind.

Our three friends had passed away the whole morning among their Medals and Latin Poets. Philander told them it was now too late to enter on another Series, but if they would take up with such a dinner as he could meet with at his Lodgings, he would afterwards lay the rest of his Medals before them. Philander was here enjoying the cool of the morning, among the dews that lay on every thing about him, and that gave the air such a freshness as is not a little agreeable in the hot part of the year.

He not been here long before he was joined by Cynthio and Eugenius. You have so filled my head, says he, with old Coins, that I have had nothing but figures and inscriptions before my eyes. They say it is a sure sign a man loves money, when he is used to find it in his dreams. There is certainly, says Eugenius, something like Avarice in the study of Medals. The more a man knows of them, the more he desires to know.

We would fain know how the Ancient and Modern Medals differ from one another, and which of them deserves the preference. Since you have divided your subject, says Cynthio, be so kind as to enter on it without any further preface. One may understand all the learned part of this science, without knowing whether there were Coins of iron or lead among the old Romans, and if a man is well acquainted with the Device of a Medal, I do not see what necessity there is of being able to tell whether the Medal it self be of copper or Corinthian brass.

It is pity, says Engenius, but they found out the Smell too of an ancient Medal. They would then be able to judge of it by all the senses. But I suppose this last proof you mention relates only to such Coins as are made of your baser sorts of metal. They knew very well that silver and gold might fall into the hands of the covetous or ignorant, who would not respect them for the Device they bore, but for the Metal they were made of. Inscriptions, Victories, Buildings, and a thousand other pieces of antiquity were melted down in those barbarous Ages, that thought figures and letters only served to spoil the gold that was charged with them.

Your Medallists look on this destruction of Coins, as on the burning of the Alexandrian Library, and would be content to compound for them, with almost the loss of a Vatican. On the contrary, our modern Medals are most in silver or gold, and often in a very small number of each.

I have seen a golden one at Vienna, of Philip the second, that weighed two and twenty pound, which is probably singular in its kind, and will not be able to keep it self long out of the furnace when it leaves the Emperor's Treasury. I remember another in the King of Prussia 's collection, that has in it three pound weight of gold.

The Princes who struck these Page Medals, says Eugenius, seem to have designed them rather as an ostentation of their Wealth, than of their Virtues. They fancied probably, it was a greater honour to appear in gold than in copper, and that a Medal receives all its value from the rarity of the metal. Assoon as an Emperor had done any thing remarkable, it was immediately stamped on a Coin, and became current through his whole Dominions.

It is certain, says Eugenius, they might find their profit and instruction mixed together. I have often wondered that no nation among the moderns has imitated the antient Romans in this particular. We shall think, says Cynthio, you have a mind to fall out with the Government, because it does not encourage Medals. But were all your ancient Coins that are now in Cabinets once current money?

They were exempted from all commerce, and had no other value but what was set upon them by the fancy of the owner. They are supposed to have been struck by Emperors for presents to their Friends, foreign Princes, or Ambassadors. As if in England we should see on our half-penny and farthing pieces, the several designs that show themselves in their perfection on our Medals.

If we now consider, continued Philander, the different Occasions or Subjects of ancient and modern Medals, we shall find they both agree in recording the great actions and successes in war, allowing still for the different ways of making it, and the circumstances that attended it in past ages, and in the present. I shall instance one. I do not remember in any old Coin to have seen the taking of a town mentioned: as indeed there were few conquerors could signalize themselves that way before the invention of powder and Page fortifications, a single battle often deciding the fate of whole kingdoms.

Our modern Medals give us several sieges and plans of fortified towns, that show themselves in all their parts to a great advantage on the reverse of a Coin. It is indeed, a kind of justice, says Eugenius, that a Prince owes to posterity, after he has ruined or defaced a strong place to deliver down to them a model of it as it stood whole and entire. Thus far our two setts of Medals agree as to their Subject. But old Coins go farther in their compliments to their Emperor, as they take occasion to celebrate his distinguishing Virtues; not as they showed themselves in any particular action, but as they shone out in the general view of his character.

The remission of a Page Debt, the taking off a Duty, the giving up a Tax, the mending a Port, or the making a Highway, were not looked upon as improper subjects for a Coin. In England perhaps it would have looked a little odd to have stamped a Medal on the abolishing of Chimney-money in the last Reign, or on the giving a hundred thousand pound a year towards the carrying on a war, in this. I find, says Eugenius, had we struck in with the practice of the ancient Romans, we should have had Medals on the fitting up our several Docks, on the making of our Rivers navigable, on the building our men of War, and the like subjects, that have certainly very well deserved them.

The reason why it has been neglected, says Philander, may possibly be this. And here by the way we may observe, that you never find any thing like Satyr or Raillery on old Coins. The Emperors often jested on their rivals or predecessors, but their Mints still maintained their gravity. In short, if you have a mind to see the religious Commodus, the pious Caracalla, and the devout Heliogabalus, you may find them either in the inscription or device of their Medals.

One meets sometimes with very nice Page touches of Raillery, but as we have no instance of it among the ancient Coins, I shall leave you to determine, whether or no it ought to find a place there. Had the ancients given place to Raillery on any of their Coins, I question not but they would have been the most valued parts of a collection.

If we follow their example, there will be no danger of deceiving posterity: since the more serious sort of Medals may serve as Comments Page on those of a lighter character. However it is, the raillery of the Moderns cannot be worse than the flattery of the Ancients. But hitherto you have only mentioned such Coins as were made on the Emperor, I have seen several of our own time that have been made as a compliment to private persons. There are pieces of money, says Philander, that during the time of the Roman Emperors, were coined in honour of the Senate, Army or People.

Sejanus has indeed his Consulship mentioned on a Coin of Tiberius, as he has the honour to give a name to the year in which our Saviour was crucified. We are now come to the Legend or Inscription of our Medals, which as it is one of the more essential parts of them, it may deserve to be examined more at length.

I have observed in several old Coins a kind of confusion between Page the legend and the device. You have sometimes the whole side of a Medal over-run with it. I should take this, says Cynthio, for the paragraph of a Gazette, rather than the inscription of a Medal. I remember you represented your ancient Coins as abridgements of history; but your modern, if there are many of them like this, should themselves be epitomized.

Page Salus Generis humani. Tellus stabilita. Gloria Orbis Terrae. Pacator Orbis. Restitutor Orbis Terrarum. Gaudium Reipublicae. Bono Reipub. Libertas restituta. Saeculum Aureum. Puellae Faustinianae. Rex Parthis datus. Fides Mutua. Asia Subacta. Judaea capta. Amor mutuus. Genetrix orbis. Sideribus recepta.

Restitutori Hispaniae. Adventui Aug. Regna Adsignata. Discipulina Augusti. Felicitas publica. Rex Armenis datus. What a majesty and force does one meet with in these short Inscriptions! Are not you amazed to see so much history gathered into so small a compass?

If our modern Medals are so very prolix in their prose, they are every whit as tedious in their verse. You have sometimes a dull Epigram of four lines. This, says Cynthio, may be of great use to immortalize Punns and Quibbles, and to let posterity see their forefathers were a parcel of blockheads.

A Coin, I find, may be of great use to a bad Poet. I shall give you an instance, says Philander, from a Medal of Gustavus Adolphus, that will stand as an eternal monument of Dullness and Bravery. Miles ego Christi, Christo duce sterno tyrannos, Haereticos simul et calco meis pedibus.

Page Parcere Christicolis me, debellare feroces Papicolas Christus dux meus en animat. Does it not bring into your mind Alexander the Great's being accompanied with a Chaerilus in his Persian expedition? If you are offended at the homeliness of this Inscription, says Philander, what would you think of such as have neither sense nor grammar in them?

We crossed a wobbly, wooden-slatted bridge over a river. The bridge creaked under the weight of the truck, and we looked down fifty feet at the torrent of water. He also said something about some swallows he saw rise from the forest in the east, which he thought had to be some kind of sign from Fawcett.

For the first time, we entered a swath of dense forest. Though there was no farm in sight, we came across a mud hut with a thatched roof. Inside was an old Indian sitting on a tree stump with a wooden cane in his hand.

He was barefoot, and wore dusty slacks without a shirt. Behind him, hanging on the wall, was the skin of a jaguar and a picture of the Virgin Mary. He spat at the name and waved his cane toward the door. Another Indian, who was younger, appeared and said that he would show us the way. We got back in the car and drove down an overgrown path, the branches clapping against the windshield. Several times, he paused, studied the tops of the trees, and took a few paces east or west.

Finally, he stopped. We looked around—there was nothing but a cocoon of trees. Our guide lifted his machete over his head and slammed it into the ground. It hit something hard. He was a hundred feet away, standing by a crumbling brick wall nestled in vines.

The farm had been consumed by jungle in just a few decades, and I wondered how actual ancient ruins could possibly survive in such a hostile environment. For the first time, I had some sense of how it might be possible for the remnants of a civilization simply to disappear.

When we returned to the road, the sun had begun to set. We had lost track of the time in our excitement. As we drove through the night, lightning flashed in the distance, illuminating the emptiness around us. Taukane eventually nodded off, and Pinage and I became engaged in what had become our favorite diversion—trying to imagine what had happened to Fawcett and his party after they left Dead Horse Camp.

At the time, many Brazilians had assumed that Fawcett was searching for gold. The Victorian era, however, while still often consumed with exploiting distant lands, had also ushered in the age of scientific exploration—the pursuit not of gold but of knowledge. And though Fawcett no doubt wanted to achieve a certain acclaim, he also seemed to be after something more intangible.

We both slept for a time in the car. It took us two days. We went to the largest village, where several dozen one-story houses were organized in rows around a square, dusty plaza. Most of the houses were made of clay and bamboo and had thatched roofs, though some of the newer ones had concrete walls and tin roofs that clinked in the rain.

The village, while still unmistakably poor, now had a well, a tractor, satellite dishes, and electricity. When we arrived, nearly all the men, young and old, were away hunting, in preparation for a ritual to celebrate the corn harvest. But Taukane said that there was someone we had to meet. He took us to a house abutting the plaza, near a row of fragrant mango trees. We entered a small room with a single electric light bulb hanging overhead and several wooden benches along the walls.

Before long, a tiny, stooped woman appeared through a back door. She wore a floral cotton dress and had long gray hair, which framed a face so wizened that her eyes were almost invisible. She had a wide smile, which revealed a majestic set of white teeth.

Taukane explained that the woman was the oldest member of the village and had seen Fawcett and his expedition come through. She sat down on a chair, her bare feet hardly reaching the floor. I remember them because I had never seen people so white and with such long beards. And one of them carried a funny pack. He looked like a tapir. I asked her what the village was like then. She said that by the time Fawcett and his men had arrived everything was changing.

So I became Laurinda. After a while, Laurinda got up and stepped outside. Accompanying her, we could see, in the distance, the mountains that Jack had stared at with such wonder. People said there were no white people over those mountains, but that is where they said they were going. We waited for them to come back, but they never did. I asked her if she had heard of any cities on the other side of the mountains which the Indians may have built centuries ago. Some of the hunters returned, carrying the carcasses of deer and anteaters and boar.

In the plaza, a government official was setting up a large outdoor movie screen. The old woman watched the proceedings from her doorstep. I try to tell them the old stories, but they are not interested. They do not understand that this is who we are. Before we said goodbye, she remembered something else about Fawcett.

For years, she said, other people came from far away to ask about the missing explorers. She stared at me, her narrow eyes widening. Practically Malaria-proof. Several decades later, when Brazilian authorities approached the Txukahamei tribe for the first time, they found half a dozen white captives. In February, , the first major rescue effort was launched, by George M. Dyott, however, feared taking someone with so little experience and chose only hardened outdoorsmen, technical experts, and Indian guides.

De Mille safari. Dyott, who had recently been married, left his bride in Rio de Janeiro. He departed wearing a khaki uniform and a helmet that shielded his long, bearded face. One night, his men set up a strange-looking device that released a sharp, staticky sound.

Suddenly, a voice could be heard in the darkness, talking about Eskimos. The team had turned on a wireless radio, picking up an operator from an expedition in the Arctic. Dyott used the radio to transmit his newspaper dispatches, and to relay messages to his wife. Silver and Company. Without the benefit of translators, he tried to interrogate Aloique, using elaborate sign language.

Aloique, also gesturing, seemed to suggest that the trunk was a gift. He then indicated that he had guided three white men to a neighboring territory. Dyott was skeptical and urged Aloique and some of his men to take him along the same route. Still, Dyott persisted, and, in exchange for knives, Aloique agreed to guide them.

As they marched through the forest, Dyott continued to question Aloique, and, before long, the chief seemed to add a new element to his story. That evening, Dyott told Aloique that he now intended to take his entire party with him.

The next morning, Aloique and his men had vanished. Soon afterward, dozens of Indians from the Xingu region emerged from the forest, carrying bows and arrows, and demanding gifts. Dyott, terrified, told the Indians that the next morning he would give each of them an axe and knives. Then he gathered his men, and that night they fled down the river in canoes.

Must descend Xingu without delay or we ourselves will be caught. When Dyott and his men finally emerged from the jungle, months later—sick, skinny, bearded, mosquito-pocked—they were greeted as heroes. As Brian Fawcett pointed out, it is hard to believe that his father, who was so wary of anyone knowing his path, would have left Y marks on trees. Finally, there was Bernardino. The hunter spoke with the British consul-general, Arthur Abbott, who had known Fawcett personally.

I am a Swiss subject. I came to South America twenty-one years ago. Later, after many of the tribesmen had got drunk, Rattin said, the white man, who was clad in animal skins, quietly approached him. The white man had been discovered far from where Fawcett had last been seen. More important, why would Rattin have been allowed to leave the tribe while Fawcett was forced to remain a prisoner? Rattin soon set out with two men, one of them a Brazilian reporter, who filed articles for the United Press syndicate.

After walking through the jungle for weeks, the three men arrived at the Arinos River, where they built canoes out of bark. This is what nine months in a South American wilderness did for him. Months elapsed without any word from him. Then, in September, an Indian runner came out of the forest with a crumpled note.

Dozens of explorers continued to try to find Fawcett or the City of Z. By , the Brazilian government had issued a decree banning Fawcett search parties unless they received special permission. Because so many seekers went without fanfare, there are no reliable statistics on the numbers who disappeared. One recent estimate, however, put the total as high as a hundred. In , the American missionary Martha L. In , a Brazilian tabloid dispatched a reporter to find the grandson. Tests later confirmed her assessment.

Nina, meanwhile, maintained an almost blind conviction that her husband and son would reappear. As late as , she told a reporter that it would not surprise her if they walked through the door at any moment—her husband now eighty-two, her son forty-seven. But in April, , Orlando Villas Boas, a government official revered for his defense of the Amazonian tribes, announced that the Kalapalo Indians had confessed to him that they had murdered the three explorers.

When we arrived that evening, the city was in the midst of a dengue-fever epidemic, and many of the phone lines were down. In the early nineteen-eighties, the Brazilian government, as part of its continuing colonization of Indian territories, had sent in planes filled with cowboys—many of German descent—to settle the remote area. Though the town was desolate, the main roads were bafflingly wide, as if they were superhighways.

Only when I saw a photograph of a guest parking his airplane in front of a local hotel did I understand the reason: for years, the city had been so inaccessible that the streets doubled as runways. The Kalapalo chief, Vajuvi, showed up at our hotel accompanied by two men. He had a tanned, deeply lined face, and appeared to be in his late forties. Like his two companions, he was about five feet six, with muscular arms.

His hair was trimmed in a traditional bowl cut high above the ears. In the Xingu region, tribesmen often dispensed with clothes, but, for this visit to the city, Vajuvi wore a cotton V-neck shirt and sun-bleached jeans that hung loosely around his hips. By now, I was accustomed to the question, though this time it seemed more loaded: the Kalapalos had been accused of killing Fawcett, an act that could require his family to avenge his death.

When I explained that I was a reporter, Vajuvi seemed accommodating. He then added that the village wanted the sum of five thousand dollars. You have too many cars. You should give us a car. One of the Indians left the hotel and returned moments later with three more Kalapalos. Every few minutes, another Kalapalo appeared; the room was soon crowded with more than a dozen men, some old, some young, all of them surrounding Pinage and me.

Vajuvi let the other men argue and haggle. As the negotiations continued, many of the Kalapalos grew hostile. They pressed against me and called me a liar. This is the way it happens. Dispirited, I went up to my room. Two hours later, Pinage called on the hotel phone. Vajuvi and the other Kalapalos were standing at the entryway of the hotel. The next day, we prepared to leave. To reach one of the largest headwaters of the Xingu, the Kuluene River, we needed an even more powerful truck, and so, after lunch, we said farewell to our driver, who seemed relieved to be going home.

After he departed, we rented a flatbed truck with tractor-size wheels. As word spread that a truck was heading into the Xingu, Indians emerged from all quarters, carrying children and bundles of goods, hurrying to climb on board. Every time the truck seemed full, another person squeezed on, and as the afternoon rains poured down we began our journey.

According to the map, the Kuluene was only sixty miles away. But the road was worse than any that Pinage and I had travelled: pools of water reached as high as the floorboards, and at times the truck, with all its weight, tipped perilously to one side. We drove no faster than fifteen miles an hour, sometimes coming to a halt, reversing, then pressing forward again. The forests had been denuded here as well. Some areas had been burned recently, and I could see the remnants of trees scattered for miles, their blackened limbs reaching into the open sky.

Finally, as we neared the river, the forest began to reveal itself. Trees gradually closed around us, their branches forming a net that covered the windshield. After five hours, we reached a wire fence: the boundary of Xingu National Park. Vajuvi said that it was only half a mile to the river, and then we would travel by boat to the Kalapalo village. Yet the truck soon got stuck in the mud, forcing us to remove our equipment temporarily to lighten the weight, and by the time we reached the river it was pitch black under the canopy of trees.

Vajuvi said that we would have to wait to cross. We must not disrespect it. Mosquitoes pricked my skin, and macaws and cicadas chanted. Above our heads, some creatures howled. We walked a bit farther and arrived at a shack; Vajuvi pushed the door, which creaked as it opened.

He led us inside and fumbled around until he lit a candle, which revealed a small room with a corrugated-tin roof and a mud floor. There was a wooden pole in the middle of the room, and Vajuvi helped Pinage and me string our hammocks. Though my clothes were still damp with sweat and mud from the journey, I lay down, trying to shield my face from the mosquitoes. After a while, the candle went out, and I swung gently in the darkness, listening to the murmurings of cicadas and the cawcawing of monkeys.

I fell into a light sleep, but woke suddenly when I felt something by my ear. I opened my eyes with a start: five naked boys, carrying bows and arrows, were staring at me. When they saw me move, they laughed and ran off. He handed me some crackers and a tin cup filled with coffee. After a quick breakfast, we walked outside; in the light of day, I could see that we were at a small encampment overlooking the Kuluene River.

On the shore were two flat-bottom aluminum boats, into which we loaded our gear. Both boats were about twelve feet long and had outboard motors—an invention that had been introduced into the Xingu only in recent years. Pinage and I climbed into one boat with a Kalapalo guide, while Vajuvi and his family travelled in another. The boats sped upriver, side by side. Farther north were rapids and waterfalls, but here the water was a calm, olive-green expanse.

Trees lined the banks, their boughs bent like old men, their leaves skimming the surface of the water. After several hours, we docked our boats along the shore. Vajuvi told us to gather our gear, and we followed him up a short path.

He paused and waved his hand proudly in front of him. Resembling the overturned hulls of ships, they appeared to be woven, rather than constructed, out of thatch and wood. Their exteriors were covered with thatch, except for a door in the back and the front—both low enough, I was told, to keep out evil spirits.

Several dozen people were walking across the plaza. Many of them were unclothed, and some had adorned their bodies with exquisite ornamentations: monkey-tooth necklaces; swirls of black pigment from the genipap fruit; swaths of red pigment from the uruku berry.

Women between the ages of thirteen and fifty tended to wear loose cotton dresses, the upper half dangling around their waists. Physical fitness was clearly a prized trait. Some of the babies, I noticed, had strips of cloth pulled tightly around their calves and biceps, like tourniquets, to accentuate their muscles.

The tribe continued to commit infanticide against those who seemed unnatural or bewitched, although the practice had become less common. Vajuvi led me into his house, a cavernous space filled with smoke from a wood-burning fire. He introduced me to two handsome women. Both had jet-black hair, with bangs in the front, that fanned down over their bare backs.

The older one had a tattoo of three vertical stripes on her upper arms; the other had a necklace with glittering white shells. Before long, other people stepped out of the shadows: children and grandchildren, sons-in-law and daughters-in-law, aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters. Vajuvi said that nearly twenty people lived in the house. It seemed less like a home than like a self-contained village. Next to her was a boy wearing a blue-beaded belt, holding fish in an elaborately detailed, brightly painted ceramic pot.

Beside him, an elderly hunter sat on a large hardwood bench carved in the shape of a jaguar, sharpening a five-foot-long arrow. The village, which had about a hundred and fifty residents, was highly stratified. These people were not wandering hunter-gatherers. Chiefs were anointed by bloodlines, as with European kings.

There were strict taboos on diet which forbid them to eat most red meats, including tapir, deer, and boar. At puberty, boys and girls were held in extended seclusion, during which a designated elder taught them the rituals and the responsibilities of adulthood. The son in line to become chief was sequestered for up to four years. I asked Vajuvi whether he knew if the people of this region, who were known as Xinguanos, had once descended from a larger civilization, or if there were any significant ruins in the surrounding jungle.

He shook his head. According to legend, however, the spirit Fitsi-fitsi built giant moats in the area. While Vajuvi, Pinage, and I were talking, a man named Vanite Kalapalo entered the house and sat down beside us. He seemed despondent.

It was his job, he said, to guard one of the posts to the reservation. You must come with me down the river. The white people are building something in Afasukugu. Vanite picked up a stick and drew a map on the mud floor. Vanite continued with his story. Nobody would build anything at the place of the jaguars. They blew it up with thirty kilos of dynamite. The place was so beautiful, and now it is gone. This dam will not hurt you. One of the chiefs from another tribe took the money, and the tribes are now fighting with each other.

For me, the money means nothing. The river has been here for thousands of years. The god Taugi created the river. It gives us our food, our medicines. We drink water right from the river. How will we live without it? Our search for Fawcett and the City of Z suddenly felt trivial—another tribe appeared to be on the verge of extinction. But, later that night, after we bathed in the river, Vajuvi said that there was something he had to tell Pinage and me about the Englishmen.

The next day, he promised, he would take us by boat to where the bones had been discovered. The next morning, as we got ready to depart, one of the girls in our house removed a piece of cloth from a large object in the corner of the room, near an array of masks. The girl, who was naked, turned a knob, sat down on the mud floor, and began watching a cartoon featuring a raucous Woody Woodpecker-like bird. Within minutes, at least twenty other children and several adults from the village had gathered around the set.

As Vajuvi came to retrieve us, I asked him how long he had owned a television. But now I control the generator, and it is on only a few hours a week. Several of the men watching the television got their bows and arrows and went out to hunt. Meanwhile, Pinage and I followed Vajuvi and one of his sons, who was five years old, down to the river. We climbed into one of the motorboats and headed upriver. A mist that covered the forest slowly dissipated as the sun rose. The river, dark and muddy, occasionally narrowed into a chute so tight that tree branches hung over our heads like bridges.

Eventually, we entered an inlet covered by a tangle of floating leaves. He cut the engine, and the boat slid quietly through the water. Terns with yellow beaks fluttered amid the rosewood and cedar trees, and swallows zigzagged above the lagoon, shimmering white specks on the blanket of green. A pair of macaws cackled and screamed, and, on the shore, deer stood as still as the water.

A small caiman scurried up the banks. If I have a dream of danger, then I stay in the village. The Xinguanos were famous for fishing with bows and arrows, their bodies perched silently on the front of canoes—a pose that early-twentieth-century explorers had caught on camera. Vajuvi and his son, however, took out some fishing lines and baited the hooks. Then they spun the lines over their heads like lassos and sent the hooks sailing into the center of the lagoon. Mugika—that was his name.

He was dead when Orlando Villas Boas began to ask about Fawcett. He helped the boy pull it in, and a silvery-white fish burst out of the water, flapping wildly on the hook. I leaned in to inspect it, but Vajuvi jerked me out of the way and began to club it with a stick.

I looked down at the dead fish, with its low-hung jaw, lying on the aluminum floor of the boat. Vajuvi opened its mouth with a knife, revealing a set of sharp interlocking teeth—teeth that the Indians sometimes used to scrape their flesh in purification rituals. But the bones had already been taken away. Other evidence seemed to corroborate his story. As Brian Fawcett had noted at the time, many of the Kalapalos told contradictory versions of how the Colonel had actually been killed.

The Kalapalo insisted that Fawcett had been murdered because he had not brought any gifts and had slapped a young Kalapalo boy, yet Fawcett was known for his gentle behavior in the jungle. More significant, I later found a document from the Royal Anthropological Institute, in London, which had examined the bones. It stated:.

The upper jaw provides the clearest possible evidence that these human remains were not those of Colonel Fawcett, whose spare upper denture is fortunately available for comparison. Colonel Fawcett is stated to have been six feet, one and a half inches tall. The height of the man whose remains have been brought to England is estimated at about five feet, seven inches.

After catching half a dozen piranhas, we glided to shore. Vajuvi gathered several sticks and built a fire. Without skinning the piranhas, he laid them on the wood, grilling one side, then the other. He put the blackened fish on a bed of leaves and tore several pieces off the bone. He wrapped the fish in beiju , a kind of pancake bread made from manioc flour, handing each of us a sandwich. It is true that they were here. There were three of them, and no one knew who they were or why they had come.

They had no animals and carried packs on their backs. One, who was the chief, was old, and the two others were young. They were hungry and tired from marching for so long, and the people in the village gave them fish and beiju. In return for their help, the Englishmen offered them fish hooks, which no one had seen before.

And knives. To the east. They will kill you. And so they went. Vajuvi said that a group of Kalapalos, fearing that something bad had happened to them, tried to find their camp. But there was no trace of the Englishmen. Later, I learned that what his parents had shared with him was an oral history, which had been passed down for generations with remarkable precision.

In , Vincenzo Petrullo, an anthropologist who worked for the Pennsylvania University Museum, in Philadelphia, and who was one of the first whites to enter the Xingu, reported hearing a similar account. Amid all the sensationalist tales, few had paid much attention to it. Some fifty years later, Ellen Basso, an anthropologist at the University of Arizona, recorded a more detailed version from a Kalapalo named Kambe, who was a boy when Fawcett and his party arrived in the village.

But we did not. We tried to save them. One day in , four years after the bones were dug up, Brian Fawcett conducted his own search for Z. He rented a propeller plane and dropped thousands of leaflets over the jungle. If your answer is yes, then make this sign holding arms above your head. Can you control the Indians if we land? Fawcett still alive? When Brian received no positive responses, he continued to canvass the wilderness from above for signs of Z.

He crisscrossed the Amazon, peering through binoculars, and, as the days wore on, he began to fear what he had never allowed himself to consider—that there had never been a Z. Before long, the search for Fawcett began to attract a new kind of explorer: spiritualists and occultists.

Hundreds of people came to believe that Fawcett, who had developed a lifelong interest in mysticism during his days in Ceylon, had discovered that Z was, in fact, a portal to an alternate reality. In the nineteen-sixties, several religious cults began worshipping Fawcett as a kind of god. Luckner claimed that Fawcett had uncovered a gateway to a new dimension inside a cave in the Roncador Mountains, in the northeast corner of the Mato Grosso.

In many ways, these seekers represent the end point of exploration. Just as the search for gold gave way to a search for scientific knowledge, now the search for scientific knowledge has given way to the search for transcendence. Fawcett himself anticipated this turn. Vajuvi, Pinage, and I decided to follow the Kuluene River in the direction of the Kuikuro village—the settlement where, in , James Lynch had been taken hostage.

We loaded our equipment in the aluminum canoe and set out. It had rained most of the night before, and the river spilled into the surrounding forest. After three hours, the boat approached an embankment where a young Indian boy was fishing. Vajuvi steered the boat toward him and turned off the engine as the bow slid onto the shore.

Pinage and I unloaded our bags and our boxes of food, and said goodbye to Vajuvi. We watched as his boat disappeared behind a bend in the river. There was too much baggage for us to carry, and Pinage asked the boy if he could borrow his bicycle, which was propped against a tree. The boy agreed, and Pinage told me to wait while he went to find help.

As he rode away, I sat under a buriti tree and watched the boy casting his line and pulling it in. An hour passed without anyone from the village appearing. I stood and stared down the path—there was only a trail of mud surrounded by wild grass and bushes. It was past noon when four boys showed up on bicycles. They strapped the cargo on the back of their bicycles, but they had no room for a large cardboard box, which weighed about forty pounds, or for my computer bag, and so I carried them myself.

In a mixture of Portuguese, Kuikuro, and pantomime, the boys explained that they would meet me in the village, waved goodbye, and vanished down the path on their rickety bikes. With the box resting on one shoulder and the bag in my hand, I followed on foot, alone. The path wound through a partially submerged mangrove forest. I wondered whether I should remove my shoes, but I had no place to carry them, so I left them on, my ankles sinking in the mud. The vestiges of the path soon disappeared underwater.

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