An illustrated presentation by Nicholas Stanley-Price
Nicholas Stanley-Price, a specialist in cultural heritage preservation, is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Cemetery and editor of its Friends’ Newsletter.
He spent nine years on the staff of the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles and six as Director-General of ICCROM, an intergovernmental organization based in Rome that promotes heritage conservation.
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Illus: William Wetmore Story’s Memorial to his Wife, Emelyn
Sponsored by The Salem Athenaeum and the Remond Plaque Fund
Stereopticon slide of the Roman Pyramid of Caius Cestius, built, in the Nubian style, between 18 and 12 B.C., and which marks the location of the Non-Catholic Cemetery.
The pyramid was an essential sight for many who undertook the Grand Tour in the 18th and 19th centuries. It was much admired by architects, becoming the primary model for pyramids built in the West during this period. Percy Bysshe Shelley described it as “one keen pyramid with wedge sublime” in Adonaïs, his 1821 elegy for John Keats. In turn the English novelist and poet Thomas Hardy saw the pyramid during a visit to the nearby Protestant Cemetery in 1887 and was inspired to write a poem, Rome: At the Pyramid of Cestius near the Graves of Shelley and Keats, in which he wondered: “Who, then was Cestius, / and what is he to me?” [Wiki]