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(1887) [MARC] Author: Viktor Rydberg Translator: Alfred Corning Clark With: Hans Anton Westesson Lindehn
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24S ROMAN DA VS.
tie to the Hebrews—sat on the disciples’ bench in the
house of Aquila and Prisca, and from them, but especially
from the mother of the house, received deeper instruction
in the teaching of salvation :
" they expounded unto him
the way of God more perfectly," says the Acts of the
Apostles.
We know farther of Aquila and Prisca, that they were
working people—that in their house on the Aventine,
they followed the trade of tent-makers, the same by which
the apostle Paul also earned his bread. When the em-
peror Claudius drove the Jews out of Rome, they too
had to leave the city ; for Aquila was a Jew, born in Pon-
tus. They then removed to Corinth, where Paul became
their guest, and where, as in Rome, they held assemblies
at their house. They afterwards established their dwell-
ing in Ephesus, and dwelt there until they obtained leave
to return to Rome and their house on the Aventine.
If the tradition—for which a Latin inscription in the
very ancient church is responsible—if the tradition be
right, the house of Aquila and Priscilla was in its turn
built on the remains of a temple of Diana, and that again
on the site of an altar to Hercules, which the legendary
Arcadian king, Evander, hundreds of years before Rom-
ulus, had built. What a train of memories, that leads
us, even if with uncertain steps, back into the very night
of antiquity. And while the sun sinks, and the walls of
Sta. Prisca cast a longer shadow, we stay a moment
longer here, and dream in the silence and solitude, and
ask ourselves, what the stories and memories may be,
with which coming ages shall lengthen the chain of
those the past has linked to this deserted and melan-
choly spot ?
Among the Christians who gathered around Peter

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