Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Sun In Egypt

The sun is the secret of the East. There seems to be no light elsewhere. Italy simply preludes the Orient. Egyptian days are perfect. You breathe the sunlight ; you feel it warm in your lungs and heart. The whole system absorbs sunshine, and all your views of life become warm and rich. The Egyptian […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – An Oriental Bazaar

Eastern life is delightful in detail. It is a mosaic to be closely studied. You enter the bazaar and the murmurous silence blends pleasantly with the luminous dimness of the place. The matting overhead, torn and hanging in strips, — along which, gilding them in passing, the sun slides into the interior, — is a […]

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 […]