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A Day In The Life Of An Alexandrian Woman

803 words - 4 pages

Gaia a wife and mother of 28 yrs. her husband Clio 36 yrs., sons; Demeter 10, Alexander 13, Adonia a young daughter 4 years.

Slaves: A widowed maid-servant, nursemaid and seamstress Cassandra and Ajax a strong old male prisoner who follows Gaia on errands and performs the heavy manual labor for Cassandra and Gaia.

Gaia slipped on her crepe thin robe and crept out on her large balcony from her bedroom. She enjoyed seeing the last of the twight light just before the sun came up but the Pharos lighthouse was still lite by fire and the constellations gazed their last in a sky full of crimson and blue. The only thing that she had ever seen larger was the Pyramid of Giza.

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As the first light of dawn started to illuminate the horizon followed by the brilliant sun, Gaia could could now see the lighthouse itself, a massive stone structure rising into the sky greater than any obelisk she had ever seen. Gaia explained to Adonia, "That is the great lighthouse that brings the ships safely into harbor by it's brillantly lite fires by night and mirrors that reflect the sun's ray by day on the island of Pharos." As Adonia scouted off with Cassandra to help her put the finishing touches on breakfast. Gaia continued the days lesson plans with her son Demeter. He is to read from Plato and work through his skills with Ajax on paprus and lyrics with lyre and only then will he be allowed to practice with his bow and arrows and participate with the other cities male youths in sports. "You only have a few years Demeter before you will join your brother Alexander in studies at the Museum. It is a great honor to be able to learn from such learned men of our times.

As Demeter hurried down his warm porriage with pomigrante and figs. Alexander discussed with his father over...

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