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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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ROMAN TRADITIONS OF PETER AND PAUL.
I.
PAUL IN NAPLES.
ONE beautiful day in the year 6i after the birth of
our Lord, an Alexandrian ship, called " The Dios-
curi," and adorned with figures of Castor and Pollux, was
seen to drop anchor in the harbor of Puteoli,* the city
so rich in temples, a journey of an hour or two from Na-
ples.
On board was a division of Roman soldiers, with some
prisoners of state. The soldiers, born Italians, saw their
native land again with all the greater joy, that they had
long done tedious service in the distant land of Judah,
where the inhabitants had always shown them a sullen
face, and where many signs foreboded an insurrection of
the people, in honor of going ashore, they had polished
their armor and put on the plumes that marked them as
belonging to a body of life-guard, the Augustan cohort,
of equal birth with the praetorian life-guard in Rome.
Less reason to rejoice at the sight of Italy’s coast, had
the prisoners. They were to be conveyed to the capital,
and placed before the judgment-seat of the emperor.
But the emperor, then, was called Nero, and the decrees
* Pozzuoli.—C,

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