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Valerius the Reanimated Roman

By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft

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Book Id: WPLBN0000630306
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Reproduction Date: 2005

Title: Valerius the Reanimated Roman  
Author: Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
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Language: English
Subject: Literature, Literature & thought, Writing.
Collections: Blackmask Online Collection
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Publisher: Blackmask Online

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Shelley, M. W. (n.d.). Valerius the Reanimated Roman. Retrieved from http://cn.ebooklibrary.org/


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Excerpt: One of these strangers was an Englishman of rank, as could easily be perceived by his noble carriage and manners full of dignity and freedom. His companion?I can compare him to nothing that now exists?his appearance resembled that of the statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Square of the Capitol at Rome. Placid and commanding, his features were Roman; except for his dress you would have imagined him to be a statue of one of the Romans animated with life. He wore the dress now common all over Europe, but it appeared unsuited to him and even as if he were unused to it. As soon as they were seated he began to speak thus:? ?I have promised to relate to you, my friend, what were my sensations on my revival, and how the appearance of this world?fallen from what it once was?struck me when the light of the sun revisited my eyes after it had deserted them many hundred years. And how can I choose a better place for this relation. This is the spot which was chosen by our antient and venerable religion, as that which best represented the idea oracles had given or diviners received of the seats of the happy after death. These are the tombs of Romans. This place is much changed by the sacrilegious hand of man since those times, but still it bears the name of the Elysian fields. Avernus is but a short distance from us, and this sea which we perceive is the blue Mediterranean, unchanged while all else bears the marks of servitude and degradation.

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Table of Contents: Valerius The Reanimated Roman, 1 -- Mary Shelley, 1


 
 



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