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[Illustration: [ From an oil painting by the Author in the possession of Edwin Jenkins, Esq. ]]

SARONIA

A Romance of Ancient Ephesus

BY

RICHARD SHORT

[Illustration]

LONDON ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C. 1900

CONTENTS

CHAPTER PAGE I. THE AGORA 1 II. THE MESSENGER OF EROS 4 III. THE CURSE OF HECATE 9 IV. SANCTUARY 18 V. THE TEMPLE OF DIANA 23 VI. LUCIUS 28 VII. CAUGHT 34 VIII. PAYING THEIR VOWS 38 IX. THE STUDIO OF CHIOS 41 X. THE RIBBON OF GOLD 46 XI. THE PRIESTESS OF DIANA 50 XII. THE FESTIVAL OF ARTEMIS 53 XIII. CHIOS THE GREEK 60 XIV. THE GROVE OF HECATE 66 XV. AT VENUSTA'S HOUSE 76 XVI. A GARDEN ON CORESSUS 83 XVII. THE PICTURE 85 XVIII. WARNING 91 XIX. THE DAWN OF FAITH 97 XX. PLEADING 105 XXI. THE WITCH 108 XXII. THE LOVE PHILTRE 111 XXIII. THE CHARMED WINE 120 XXIV. THE MINSTREL 125 XXV. THE SACRED HOUNDS 131 XXVI. ON THE VERGE 135 XXVII. ONE FOR ANOTHER 145 XXVIII. SPIRITS OF THE DEEP 153 XXIX. MYRTLE AND OLEANDER 162 XXX. BY THE RIVER CAYSTER 165 XXXI. THE DOOMED CITY 171 XXXII. ENDORA 175 XXXIII. NIKA 180 XXXIV. THE HOROSCOPE 184 XXXV. THE VIRGIN CAVE 191 XXXVI. REVERIE 195 XXXVII. THE MESSAGE 199 XXXVIII. THE DEAD PRIEST 204 XXXIX. CONSTERNATION 209 XL. TWO MASTER MINDS 212 XLI. DAYBREAK 221 XLII. VARRO 227 XLIII. MYSTERY 231 XLIV. ACRATUS, THE TEMPLE SPOILER 235 XLV. REVELATION 238 XLVI. THE CROWN OF LIFE 249 XLVII. PARTING 253

SARONIA

CHAPTER I

THE AGORA

The sun had risen in all its splendour, and was flooding the bay and mountains with silvery light. The river Cayster moved on its course, and mixed its waters with the blue of the Ægean Sea, and washed the shores of Samos, appearing like a purple vision on the ocean. Boats and ships of quaint form and gorgeous colouring, propelled by a gentle breeze, moved to and fro, and glided up the shining way which led to the great city of Ephesus, the chief of Ionia, and the home of the goddess. Not far away was shining like a brilliant star the marble pillars of the Temple of Diana. Ephesus was now fully awake, and the people were moving along its streets, some wending their way to the temples to offer their morning devotions, others hastening to the great theatre, and many more directing their course towards their daily toil; for men must work, even within the precincts of a city where all is splendour... Continue reading book >>




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