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By John Crowley

There's a couple of heritage of the world.

sooner than technology outlined the fashionable age, different powers, wondrous and magical, as soon as ruled the universe, their lore perfected inside of a misplaced capital of hieroglyphs, wizard-kings, and brilliant monuments, no longer Egypt -- yet Ægypt.

What if it have been rather so?

within the Seventies, a historian named Pierce Moffett strikes to the recent England geographical region to write down a ebook approximately Ægypt, pushed by way of an concept he dare now not think -- that the actual legislation of the universe as soon as replaced and should swap back. but the thought isn't his by myself. anything waits on the locked property of Fellowes Kraft, writer of romances approximately Will Shakespeare and Giordano Bruno and Dr. John Dee, anything for which Pierce and people close to him have lengthy sought with out figuring out it, a key, maybe, to Ægypt. proudly provides the definitive textual content of John Crowley's Ægypt, newly edited and corrected in session with the author.

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Heraclitus, Herakleitos and Diogenes From atop the walls of the castle of Qaitbey in Egypt you can look across the rocky coast on which the castle stands to where fishing boats still ride at anchor in the bay and local children fling themselves from the rocks into the warm, clear sea that laps the shore. It is a sight familiar to perhaps thousands of shorelines around the Mediterranean, a timeless scene that, with only a few modifications, could come from just about any century. But few shores have seen as much history wash across them as this one has.

Constantinople, despite the sack of 1204, had since taken on that mantle, which was why this diminutive monk was spending each day of a hot summer there searching through piles of books and manuscripts. The book dealers must have taken careful note of this unusual creature in their midst. Monks swarmed through the city, but their interest in books was invariably limited to medieval Greek religious works—the biblical glosses and commentaries, the credulous hagiographies, the missals, Psalters, and breviaries whose attraction was as much in the artistic illumination of their pages as in the illuminating quality of their text.

Better to divide it up into its three principal constituent parts, which each one of them could rule. He suggested they form a ruling council which would meet regularly to keep affairs on an even keel. This extraordinarily farsighted proposal anticipated the inevitable frictions between what were at that moment the three most powerful people in the world, and offered a solution to the problem. But both the other generals dreamed of succeeding Alexander as sole supreme emperor. They rejected Ptolemy’s proposal outright, thereby setting the stage for the centuries of interfactional warfare which would follow.

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