Excerpt from The Emperor, Vol. 1 of 2: A Romance
Those who are learned in the history of Alexandria under the Romans may wonder that I should have made no mention of the Therapeutai on Lake Mareotis. I had originally meant to devote a chapter to them, but Luca's recent investigations led me to decide on leav ing.it unwritten. I have given years of study to the early youth of Christianity, particularly in Egypt, and it affords me particular satisfaction to help others to realize bow, in Hadrian's time, the pure teaching of the Saviour, as yet little sullied by the contributions of human minds, conquered - and could not fail to conquer - the hearts of men. Side by side with the triumphant Faith I have set that noble blossom of Greek life and culture - Art which in later ages, Christianity absorbed in order to dress herself in her beautiful forms. The statues and bust of Antinous which remain to us of that epoch, Show that the drooping tree was still destined to put forth new leaves under Hadrian's rule.
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