Oh Rome! my country! city of the soul!
The orphans of the heart must turn to thee!
-- Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage
What is the greatest lost work of antiquity? Is it Arctinus' epic Aethiopis, which told of the battles of Achilles against Penthesilea, the Amazon Queen, and Memnon, black King of the Ethiopians? Is it Ovid's tragedy Medea? Or Livy's account of the Civil Wars that ended the Roman Republic? In American letters I do not suppose there is much competition with The History of the Roman Republic of 1848-49, by S. Margaret Fuller , alias Marchioness d'Ossoli.
In her day -- she lived from 1810 to 1850-Margaret Fuller was one of the best known intellectuals in America. Her father, Massachusetts Democrat Timothy Fuller, gave his eldest child a man's education: Latin, some Greek, much German, French,