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DEATH AND THE LIBRARIAN
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The last days of the life of Demetrius, son of Phanostratos born in Phaleron (the old port of Athens, quiet and sleepy, so close, and so different, to noisy Piraeus), were as those of many people much less important than he. They were days of longing and of bitterness, an unspoken bitterness that at times cut him like a knife. Above all, they were days of loathing. Fortunately for Demetrius, it could not be said that they were excessively long — a long decline in expectation of a lingering death. Nor were they debased by the loathsome infirmities of old age, nor by that poverty which Demetrius, from his distant youth of adolescent ambitions, had always been fearful of. But since falling from grace, King Ptolemy - the second of that name, grandson of the commander Lagos, an obscure Macedonian official; Ptolomy who the sycophantic Alexandrians called ‘Philadelphus’ because he married his sister, an abhorrent Egyptian incest, unseemly for a Greek, inappropriate even for a Macedonian ruler with any sense… since Ptolemy II had thrown him out of Alexandria, Demetrius Phalereus was consumed by bitterness and loathing.

 

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DEATH AND THE LIBRARIAN

The last days of the life of Demetrius, son of Phanostratos born in Phaleron (the old port of Athens, quiet and sleepy, so close, and so different, to noisy Piraeus), were as those of many people much less important than he. They were days of longing and of bitterness, an unspoken bitterness that at times cut him like a knife. Above all, they were days of loathing. Fortunately for Demetrius, it could not be said that they were excessively long — a long decline in expectation of a lingering death. Nor were they debased by the loathsome infirmities of old age, nor by that poverty which Demetrius, from his distant youth of adolescent ambitions, had always been fearful of. But since falling from grace, King Ptolemy - the second of that name, grandson of the commander Lagos, an obscure Macedonian official; Ptolomy who the sycophantic Alexandrians called ‘Philadelphus’ because he married his sister, an abhorrent Egyptian incest, unseemly for a Greek, inappropriate even for a Macedonian ruler with any sense… since Ptolemy II had thrown him out of Alexandria, Demetrius Phalereus was consumed by bitterness and loathing.

 

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