"Philochristus" from Edwin Abbott Abbott. English schoolmaster and theologian (1838 - 1926).
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CHAPTER V. Of the Greek Philosophers in Alexandria; and how I had Discourse with Philo the Alexandrine. Now it came to pass that about this time, at the beginning of the fifteenth year of Tiberius Caesar, very early in the spring, the only son of my mother's eldest brother died in Alexandria; and my mother's brother (whose name was Onias) sent to my mother desiring her.that she would suffer me to come to Alexandria to visit him during his affliction. He was a shipwright and a man of great wealth, possessing many corn-ships; and he was desirous to have adopted me for his son. But to this I would not consent, nor did my mother urge me thereto. Howbeit out of love for her brother, and because she thought it would be for my advantage, she desired me to visit my uncle for a time. I had no mind to remain in Alexandria, nor to leave my mother for long. But at my mother's bidding I was willing to go to my uncle for a season, if perchance I might comfort him a little. Two days I spent at Caesarea Stratonis, waiting for the sailing of Our vessel; and during that time my heart was moved within me, for that I saw on all sides the signs of the power and prosperity of the Gentiles; for a Gentile city this was, insomuch that, though the wall be on holy ground, yet was the city itself esteemed of our Scribes to be denied and in a Gentile land. For the region round about was called the land of life ; but the city was called thedaughter of Edom. A great breakwater here protecteth the ships from the rage of the sea. Each stone therein is thirty cubits long, six cubits deep, and seven cubits broad, let down into water twenty fathom deep. Above the waters the breakwater is of the breadth of one hundredand forty cubits. Over against the mouth of the haven standeth a temple dedicated to Caesar...