Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Androclus And The Lion

A Roman Tradition There was once a slave named Androclus, who was so ill treated by his master that at length he said to himself: ” It is better to die than to live in such hardship. I am determined to run away. If I am taken again, I know that I shall be punished […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Bay Of Naples And Vesuvius

The Bay of Naples is one of the most beautiful and one of the most interesting spots on earth. Graceful hills rise from its waters on all sides, and towering four thousand feet above it, stretches the volcano Vesuvius, a smoking torch by day, a pillar of fire by night. Just below Vesuvius lie two […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The House of Glaucus

There is much to draw the traveler to the neighborhood of Naples — much besides the cloudless sky, the violet valleys, and the orange groves of the south of Italy. The beautiful Bay of Naples still spreads its blue waters, and the fatal mountain of Vesuvius still breathes forth smoke and fire, as they did […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Blind FLower Girl

Just where the porticoes of a light and graceful temple threw their shade stood a young girl. She had a flower basket on her right arm and in her left hand a small three-stringed lyre, to whose low tones she was singing a wild and half-barbaric air. At every pause in the music she lifted […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Coming Of The Persian Embassy

Cambyses, King of Persia, wished to marry Nitetis, the daughter of the Egyptian king, and sent his brother Bartia with a rich embassy into Egypt to escort the princess back to Persia. An immense crowd was gathered at the harbor at Sais. Egyptians of every age and rank stood densely packed on the edge of […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Selections From Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, born in Rome in the year 121, was loved and admired even in his own day as no other Roman emperor ever was. He was adopted by the emperor Antoninus, and on the death of the latter, in 161, he ascended the throne. He has been the admiration of the whole world […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Colosseum

When we came out of the church, we said to the coachman, “Go to the Colosseum.” In a quarter of an hour or so he stopped at the gate, and we went in. It is no fiction, but plain, sober, honest truth, to say (so suggestive and distinct is it at this hour) that for […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Eruption of Vesuvius

Glaucus, through the evil powers of an enemy, had been accused of a dreadful crime. Since he was not a free-born Roman citizen (such could not be put to death by barbarous methods), he was cast into prison to await his fate, which was, to be thrown to the lions in the amphitheater. Ione, his […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Temple Of Karnak

How glorious was ancient Thebes when the great kings of the eighteenth and nineteenth dynasties ruled in Upper Egypt, when the greatest temples the world has ever seen — the temples of Karnak and of Luxor—had been erected upon the eastern bank of the Nile, and when processions of priests wended their way through the […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – How Pliny Saved His Mother

During all this time my mother and I remained at Misenum, my uncle having left us. For many days a trembling of the earth had been noticed. This did not alarm us much, as it is quite an ordinary occurrence in southern Italy, but it was very violent that night and overturned everything about us. […]