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Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1 - Lyndon Orr

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Of all love stories that are known to human history, the love story of Antony and Cleopatra has been for nineteen centuries the most remarkable. It has tasked the resources of the plastic and the graphic arts. It has been made the theme of poets and of prose narrators. It has appeared and reappeared in a thousand forms, and it appeals as much to the imagination to-day as it did when Antony deserted his almost victorious troops and hastened in a swift galley from Actium in pursuit of Cleopatra. The wonder of the story is explained by its extra-ordinary nature. Many men in private life have lost fortune and fame for the love of woman. Kings have incurred the odium of their people, and have cared nothing for it in comparison with the joys of sense that come from the lingering caresses and clinging kisses. Cold-blooded statesmen, such as Parnell, have lost the leadership of their party and have gone down in history with a clouded name because of the fascination exercised upon them by some woman, often far from beautiful, and yet possessing the mysterious power which makes the triumphs of statesmanship seem slight in comparison with the swiftly flying hours of pleasure.

Author: Orr, Lyndon
Editor: 1stWorld Library
Publisher: 1st World Library - Literary Society
Illustration: N
Language: ENG
Title: Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1
Pages: 00136 (Encrypted PDF)
On Sale: 2005-01-12
SKU-13/ISBN: 9781421801735
Category: Fiction : General


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