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By Anna Quindlen

This robust new novel by way of the bestselling writer of Black and Blue, One real Thing, Object Lessons, and A brief consultant to a cheerful Life starts whilst a teenage couple drives up, overdue at evening, headlights out, to benefits, the property owned through Lydia Blessing. They depart a field and force away, and during this immediate, the realm of benefits is modified without end. Richly written, deeply relocating, superbly crafted, advantages tells the tale of pass Cuddy, caretaker of the property, who unearths a toddler asleep in that field and makes a decision he desires to retain her, and of matriarch Lydia Blessing, who, for her personal purposes, makes a decision to assist him. The secrets and techniques of the prior, how they have an effect on the selections and lives of individuals within the current; what makes somebody, a existence, valid or illegitimate, and who makes a decision; the original assets humans locate in themselves and in a community--these are on the heart of this excellent novel of affection, redemption, and private swap by means of the author approximately whom The Washington put up e-book World acknowledged, "Quindlen is aware that each one the issues we ever might be are available in a few forgotten fragment of family."

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The followers of Euclid, if not the geometer himself, were resident in Alexandria, as was the mathematician 24 HISTORY AND CULTURE Apollonius of Perge. The advances in anatomy made by the physician Herophilus resulted from dissection of corpses supplied by the Ptolemies, who even allowed vivisection as a means of executing condemned criminals. Eratosthenes’ calculation of the circumference of the earth was made possible by extrapolation from precise measurements made by royal survey expeditions into southern Egypt and Nubia.

4 Attalid Pergamum Pergamum, a city in Mysia in northwestern Asia Minor, became the center of an independent kingdom during the third century. The Attalid kings who ruled there are important as rivals to the Ptolemies in intellectual and scholarly pursuits, for their development of a baroque style in art, and for their transmission of Hellenistic culture to Rome. From 302 Pergamum was administered for Lysimachus by the eunuch Philetaerus, who was entrusted with the Diadoch’s treasury. Shrewdly defecting to Seleucus I in 283, Philetaerus became a Seleucid vassal after Lysimachus’ death in battle in 281 but retained his treasury as the basis of Pergamene wealth.

Even a poet from the Antigonid capital of Pella, the epigrammatist Posidippus (Ch. 6), praised the Ptolemies as the legitimate heirs to the Persian empire of Alexander in an epigram collection recently recovered on a papyrus bookroll. The character of this Alexandrian poetry is closely related to the aesthetic tastes of the court for which it was created, while other writings reveal the interests of the Ptolemies in scientific and scholarly pursuits. For instance, Eratosthenes of Cyrene (Ch. 1), the tutor of the young Ptolemy IV Philopator, addressed a letter containing his solution for a long-standing mathematical problem to his pupil’s father, and Agatharchides of Cnidus (Ch.

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