Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Excavations At Pompeii

In the year 79 of the Christian era the city of Pompeii was totally destroyed by an eruption of Vesuvius and buried under ashes. The site of the ancient city was discovered in 1713 by some Italian peasants who were digging for a well. Excavations have been carried on down to the present time. About […]

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 – The Story Of Joseph

Now Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors. And when his brethren saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him and could not speak peaceably unto him. And Joseph dreamed […]

Ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome – The Fisherman And The Genie

There was a very ancient fisherman, so poor that he could scarcely earn enough to maintain himself, his wife, and his three children. He went every day to fish betimes in the morning, and imposed it as a law upon himself not to cast his nets more than four times a day. He went one […]

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 […]