Per Aspera, a Thorny Path (Volume 1) Georg Ebers

ISBN: 9781151032720

Published: January 4th 2012

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202 pages


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Per Aspera, a Thorny Path (Volume 1)  by  Georg Ebers

Per Aspera, a Thorny Path (Volume 1) by Georg Ebers
January 4th 2012 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 202 pages | ISBN: 9781151032720 | 9.35 Mb

Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Painting, so long as it was light-- To beMoreBook may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index.

Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1892. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... Painting, so long as it was light-- To be sure--I remember. It began to grow dark. Then lamps were brought in, large ones, and as many as I wished for.

Just before sunset Seleukus, Korinnas father, came in to look upon his daughter once more. He bore his grief with dignified composure- yet by his childs bier he found it hard to be calm. But you can imagine all that. He invited me to eat, and the food they brought might have tempted a full man to excess, but I could only swallow a few mouthfuls. Berenike-- the mother--did not even moisten her lips, but Seleukus did duty for us both, and this I could see displeased his wife. During supper the merchant made many inquiries about me and my father- for he had heard Philips praises from his brother Theophilus, the high-priest.

I learned from him that Korinna had caught her sickness from a slave girl she had nursed, and had died of the fever in three days. But while I sat listening to him, as he talked and ate, I could not keep my eyes off his wife, who reclined opposite to me silent and motionless, for the gods had created Korinna in her very image.

The lady Berenikes eyes indeed sparkle with a lurid, I might almost say an alarming, fire, but they are shaped like Korinnas. I said so, and asked whether they were of the same color- I wanted to know for my portrait. On this Seleukus referred me to a picture painted by old Sosibius, who has lately gone to Rome to work in Caesars new baths. He last year painted the wall of a room in the merchants country house at Kanopus. In the centre of the picture stands Galatea, and I know it now to be a good and true likeness.

The picture I finished that evening is to be placed at the head of the young girls sarcophagus- but I am to keep it two days longer, to reproduce a secon...



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