Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – A Modern Nausicaa

Nausicaa passed here yesterday, seated astride of a donkey. She was neatly dressed in blue homespun, and her sister sat behind her, directly over the animal’s hind legs. Her mother, a wholesome-looking peasant woman, was walking and driving another donkey laden with a great mountain of soiled linen and other wearing apparel. An enormous copper […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – A Victor of the Games

The sacred games celebrated at Olympia, Delphi, Nemea, and Corinth exerted a tremendous influence upon the life of ancient Hellas. Myers, in his ” Eastern Nations and Greece,” says : ” The competitors must be of the Hellenic race ; must have undergone special training in the gymnasium ; and must, moreover, be unblemished by […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Abou Ben Adhem

Abou Ben Adhem (may his tribe increase!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw, within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich, and like a lily in bloom, An angel writing in a book of gold : — Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold, And to the presence in […]

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 – Antony and Cleopatra

After the death of Julius Casar, the great Roman general and emperor, there was civil war in the Roman commonwealth. Augustus Caesar and Mark Antony were the chiefs of one party and Brutus and Cassius of the other. Brutus and Cassius were killed in a battle at Philippi and their army was broken up. Augustus […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Crossing The Rubicon

Caesar’s brilliant victories in Gaul had opened that province to the Romans. Pompey, the second greatest Roman of his day, was serving as consul in Rome and was watching jealously the growing reputation of his great rival. He broke openly with Caesar and attached himself to the old aristocratic party. Caesar now demanded the consulship, […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – Egypt – The River Nile

Little wonder that to the ancient Egyptians the river Nile was a mystery they regarded with a feeling of reverence, believing that a god dwelt within its waters. For many hundred miles from the mouth no tributary breaks its winding outline. Onward it flows through rainless regions, beneath an almost tropical sun, spreading abroad the […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – How Jason Went to School

This is the tale of a boy who became a hero. Now if a boy is to become a hero when he is a man, he must have good training first. So this is the tale of Jason’s training, which he had from the strangest schoolmaster ever heard of. Jason was the little lad who, […]

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. […]