Fire Departments In Ancient Rome.

Issue 15 and Volume 1893 13.

Fire Departments In Ancient Rome. When we look at the temples of antiquity we feel thankful that the ancients had no insurance laws, else the beautiful models would not have come down to us as messages of power and genius. The temples of Vesta and Fortuna, the Parthenon, the temple of Neptune at Paestum, would have disappeared many centuries ago if the countries wherein they were situated had then had a modern commercial system. Under a valued policy law the insurance company would have taken the temples and worked them over into something else. In those ancient days they had fires, but the theory had not then been perfected of distributing upon the community the residuum of an unsatisfactory business, or the destruction of an unnecessary edifice. The community had, in a general way, to sustain the loss, but there was no well matured or properly digested plan by which…

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