National Geographic : 1930 Oct
THE PERENNIAL GEOGRAPHER Photograph by Gabinetto TO MAKE VERGIL'S OBSCURE TOMB ACCESSIBLE TO ALL At the left is a long epitaph to the poet, whose tomb, in an ancient funerary vault, is just below the building against the skyline. New paths have been constructed to enable students to visit the hitherto inaccessible tomb of the greatest Latin poet (see, also, page 459). which the wreckful siege of countless ages cannot destroy nor Time's fell hand deface. It is no wonder, then, that amid the world-wide commemoration of the Ver gilian bimillenary, the Italians should lead in grandiose festivals and gorgeous cele brations. The Italian Academy has offered a prize of 5,000 lire for the best ode on Vergil. Arnaldo Mussolini, brother of the Duce. has been superintending the development of a memorial park near Mantua. A set of bimillenary stamps has been issued by the Royal Post Office of the Italian Gov- ernment. During the first two weeks of October, Naples will hold commemorative exercises at Vergil's tomb. Special tours have been arranged to those spots specially mentioned in Vergil's "IEneid"-the Cave of the Cumaean Sibyl, Lake Averno, Gaeta, Ostia, and Sicilian points of special archeological value. The most eminent scholars have been secured to conduct these tours and courses. A Vergilian Exposition is being held in the Gonzaga palace at Mantua, in which city all ceremonies will culminate on October 15-Vergil's birthday anniversary. 465 r-"