Hypatia’s Feud

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The Ptolemies, like philosopher kings, endowed Alexandria, with the Royal Library and the Mouseion. They also supported gifted men and women bursting with curiosity and ambition to conduct research in the fields assigned to the nine Muses over three hundred years.

Ferdinand Gregorovius (1821–91) the renowned historian of that era documented the importance of the pioneering work undertaken in Alexandria.

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Breaking the rules of writing

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(C) Nicholas Fourikis As it takes me one to three years to write a book, I want to consider many issues before deciding what to write. The worst scenario I can imagine is to rush into a story and abandon ship after six or twelve months. I don’t want to […]

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Anthropomorphic visions of god

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  The more I think of man, the more I love the cows.   Our Singapore Airlines flight followed the kangaroo route. In Rome, we headed to the Umberto Hotel and rushed to bed after a shower. Being in Helen’s arms for twenty hours, I couldn’t last any longer. I […]

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My last memorable dinner party

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My last memorable dinner party Most of us know the format of conventional dinner parties. A gracious hostess invites four or five couples to her mansion and after the introductions, over drinks, the guests are ready for the first course of a four-course dinner. During dinner the hostess encourages her […]

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Helen

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We were ready to merge but she stopped me. ‘I haven’t finished looking at you,’ she said. Dazed in her aura She saw her image stamped deep On my molten heart. Caught licking my dry upper lip She caressed my burning cheeks. I was like a rock in the sea […]

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Abigail

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I was a sphinx gazing at The desert of my discontent Before I tasted your lips. After you kissed me Everything changed: The desert is a savanna now And I sing the fandangos of our love. “Only the written kisses Survive the brief Incandescent alchemy Of human passion,” The poets […]