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A Thorny Path

Auhtor: Georg Ebers

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Summary of the Book 'A Thorny Path':

Georg Moritz Ebers German Egyptologist and novelist discovered the Egyptian medical papyrus of ca 1550 BCE named for him at Luxor in the winter of 1873-74. Now in the library of the University of Leipzig the Ebers papyrus is among the most important ancient Egyptian medical papyri. It is one of two of the oldest preserved medical documents anywhere the other main source being the Edwin Smith papyrus (c. 1600 BCE). At Gttingen he studied jurisprudence and at Berlin Oriental languages and archaeology. Having made a special study of Egyptology he became in 1865 Dozent in Egyptian language and antiquities at Jena and in 1870 he was appointed professor in these subjects at Leipzig. He had made two scientific journeys to Egypt and his first work of importance gypten und die Bcher Moses appeared in 1867-1868. In 1874 he edited the celebrated medical papyrus (Papyrus Ebers) which he had discovered in Thebes (translation by H. Joachim 1890). Ebers early conceived the idea of popularizing Egyptian lore by means of historical romances. Eine gyptische Knigstochter was published in 1864 and obtained great success. His subsequent works of the same kind-Uarda (1877) Homo sum (1878) Die Schwestern (1880) Der Kaiser (1881) of which the scene is laid in Egypt at the time of Hadrian Serapis (1885) Die Nilbraut (1887) and Kleopatra (1894) were also well received and did much to make the public familiar with the discoveries of Egyptologists. Ebers also turned his attention to other fields of historical fiction-especially the 16th century (Die Frau Brgermeisterin 1882 Die Gred 1887)-without however attaining the success of his Egyptian novels. His other writings include a descriptive work on Egypt (Aegypten in Wort und Bild 2nd ed. 1880) a guide to Egypt (1886) and a life (1885) of his old teacher the Egyptologist Karl Richard Lepsius. The state of his health led him in 1889 to retire from his chair at Leipzig on a pension. Eberss Gesammelte Werke appeared in 25 vols. at Stuttgart (1893-1895). Many of his books have been translated into English. For his life see his Die Geschichte meines Lebens (Stuttgart 1893) also R. Gosche G. Ebers der Forscher und Dichter (2nd ed. Leipzig 1887).

Excerpts from the Book 'A Thorny Path':


... were anxious about the sufferer, he gave her some evasive answer, quite unlike his usual decisive speech. This added to her alarm. At last his ...
... a minute before. She noticed a slight limp in his gait and a convulsive twitching of his eyelids his slender, almost transparent hand, she reflected, ...
... I, too, can use figures of speech. The archer who is really eager to hit the object on which he has spent his arrows, does not retire from the ...
... then she bade her young guest go to bed. Oh, how glad was the overtired girl to stretch herself on the soft couch! As usual, before ...
... of having alluded to. It is said that my lord killed his brother. That-ah! that was it! said Caesar, and his face, involuntarily this ...
... not wish to show the tablets. But, as he was about to take them back, Caracalla snatched them from his hand and read with some difficulty: ...
... his recovery a few hours at the utmost. It was she who had procured the imperial sleeper his rest, which she could certainly restore to ...
... Caesar. Geta had only to obey, like every one else. After kissing the image, I stood, still holding my father's hand, to watch the flames. ...
... and since the murder of the governor had opened her eyes to the true character of him on whom she had all too willingly expended her pity. ...
... your future life. You know how I feel toward you. I acknowledged to you yesterday what you already knew without words. We both feel the mysterious ...
... in the Circus? What will not Melissa have to endure! It is envy, the matron murmured to herself but she was immediately silent, for ...
... his enormous square shoulders, and short, bandy legs, the muscles stood out like elastic balls, showing the connoisseur that in strength he ...
... long dress hampering her steps, along by the temple wall, till her gaze, fixed on her left, fell on the spot which had been designated to her. ...
... with furious joy. That was the only thing left undone! Bring the murderer! But first-and he addressed himself to Aristides-close the ...
... all the panoply of war, and saluted the brothers. Like them, he came of an old and honorable race, and was acting in place of the prefect ...
... and how full of gracious promise were the words, and how gladly would she do his bidding! Here am I! she cried again, and saw the arms of the ...
... but that learning must give the proof thereof and this speech led many men of high attainments to study the new doctrines. The lower classes ...
... was, sitting with two men, one very tall and the other a little man, his brow resting on his hand in the deep shadow of a sarcophagus, between ...
... he had brought his fair young wife, and he began to speak kindly to her, as he had previously done to the birds. This comforted the ...
... his neighbor's wife. And he had conquered, doing severe penance for every glance which might for an instant betray to her the weakness of his soul. ...