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Hic inter flumina nota : IN THE STEPS OF THE NEW JERSEY VERGIL

December 5, 2015 1 comment

 

A view of Crosswicks Creek from the former estate of Joseph Bonaparte, Bordentown.

For centuries, familiarity with Vergil’s poetry was such that the employment of his verses in inscriptions could be habitual, even unconscious. While these traces are far less frequent in the Garden State than in places of greater antiquity, the poet is no stranger to our landscape. Most citations still to be found are conscious and deliberate, and each has a story to tell. Read more…

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Commota est et contremuit terra: THE SECOND BATTLE OF PRINCETON

Detail of the Princeton Battle Monument (dedicated 1922)

Most public inscriptions are acts of memory, but deliberate and highly selective ones. In fact, the story of their creation can be as fascinating and revealing as the story their creators have chosen to tell.

The Princeton Battle Monument, in a small park west of Princeton’s Nassau Street, recalls a pivotal episode in the Revolution. George Washington, hoping to surprise the enemy based at Nassau Hall, had overseen a daring midnight march over back roads, skirting the British forces camped expectantly near Trenton. Read more…

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