Julian's Dream

Julian's Dream

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...towards the topmost heights of the mountain, and approached the summit itself, scarcely a stonecrop or a moss could hold its place among the wind-swept crannies of the barren heights. The air blew keen and fresh even in the heat of a Syrian September, and Julian seemed to grow into a fresh man as he thought of the stifling heat of Antioch which he had left behind. It was about four in the afternoon when the little body of cavalry rode round the last shoulder, and halted on the little plateau of limestone on which stood the temple of Jupiter Casius. It was a glorious scene that met the eyes of those horsemen, as they pulled up then horses and sat drinking in the cool fresh air as it rushed past them. Below them, almost at their feet it seemed--though in truth a mile of mountain slope and crag was between--lay the great blue sea, sparkling league after league into the west to where, very faint on the horizon, the headlands of Cyprus could be traced, almost as blue as the mists with which they mingled. The white sails of the vessels which, favoured by the breeze, were bearing up in numbers for the port of Seleucia, looked like mere specks at that height; and yet in spite of it, every new and then the glisten of a white wave under their bows sparkled even to the gazers on Mount Casius. To the north, range after range of mountains rolled away into the distance, while southwards the eye wandered among the nearer spurs and peaks and hollows of the range on whose crowning summit they were standing. But it was not till the gazer reversed his position, and turned his back upon the sea, that the full beauty of the scene possessed him. Upon the edge of the highest plateau stood the ancient temple sacred to Jupiter. It hung as it were on the very edge...show more

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  • Paperback
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 122g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236968484
  • 9781236968487