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Greek and Roman Ghosts
by Lacy Covington Morley

Category: Classic Literature/Horror
Description: by Lacy Covington Morley Fans of HBO's ROME may be surprised to learn that on the eve of the battle of Phillipi, Brutus saw the ghost of Julius Caesar and that Caesar reportedly said to him, "You'll be with me tomorrow." Great Ghost stories of a classical nature.
eBook Publisher: ebooksonthe.net/ebooksonthe.net, 1892 book
eBookwise Release Date: March 2010

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Words: 19803
Reading time: 56-79 min.


Apparitions of the Dead

Among the tall stories in Lucian's Philopseudus[79] is an amusing account of a man whose wife, whom he loved dearly, appeared to him after she had been dead for twenty days. He had given her a splendid funeral, and had burnt everything she possessed with her. One day, as he was sitting quietly reading the Phaedo, she suddenly appeared to him, to the terror of his son. As soon as he saw her he embraced her tearfully, a fact which seems to show that she was of a more substantial build than the large majority of ghosts of the ancient world; but she strictly forbade him to make any sound whatever. She then explained that she had come to upbraid the unfortunate man for having neglected to burn one of her golden slippers with her at the funeral. It had fallen behind the chest, she explained, and had been forgotten and not placed upon the pyre with the other. While they were talking, a confounded little Maltese puppy suddenly began to bark from under the bed, when she vanished. But the slipper was found exactly where she had described, and was duly burnt on the following day. The story is refreshingly human.


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