|Author||Edward Joy Morris|
|Publication Date||March 4, 2012|
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1842 Excerpt: ... The narration was suddenly interrupted by the appearance of some Albanians in the pass before us. They had descended from the rocks above, and stood leaning upon their muskets in the midst of the path, surveying us with the utmost nonchalance, though it was evident either we or they must give the road. As we advanced, however, they began to retreat, and in a few moments they had scaled the rocks, and we lost sight of them. This singular apparition of armed men in this solitary pass had somewhat alarmed us, and we expected difficulty. What was their object we could not imagine; no words were interchanged, and we were as glad to get rid of their scowling faces as we had been surprised at meeting them. They probably belonged to a band of robbers who were known to haunt the fastnesses of the mountain. Finding us in strong force, and all armed, and moreover Franks, they probably thought it not prudent to attack us. Here it was that Theseus destroyed the robber Sciron, who obliged travellers to kneel down and wash his feet, and while engaged in this, precipitated them over the rocks. The pointed rocks in the sea beneath are said by Ovid to be the bones of Sciron. Scirrus, the pine bender, also had his haunts hereabouts. He amused himself with tieing the legs of travellers to pines bent double, and then suffering them to rebound, by which LABOURS OF THESEUS. 131 the bodies of his victims were torn asunder. Theseus very appropriately rewarded these two robbers with the application of their own ingenious inventions. A modern Theseus, if we were not mistaken in the character of the sinister looking personages we had met in this road, might yet find employment here for his philanthropic labours. After a most toilsome march on foot over this dangerous road, beneath a ...
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