History of Apollonius of Tyre, Chapter 27


Once the young man saw this, he ran to his master and said, “Master, the girl, whom you believe dead, actually lives! So that you may more readily believe me, I will free up her breathing.” With a display of vigor, he brought the girl in his own room and placed her upon the couch, opened her clothes, heated the oil, wet some wool, and poured it out above the girl’s chest. The blood, which had been congealed by cold, was made liquid again through the application of heat, and the closed off spirit began to descend once again through her marrow. Once her veins were reopened, the  girl opened her eyes and regained her spirit, which she had earlier lost, and said in soft and rambling speech, “I beg, doctor, that you don’t touch me in any way other than is proper, for I am the wife of one king and the daughter of another.”

Once the youth had seen that which had escaped his master’s art, he came to him full of joy and said, “Master, come to your disciple’s demonstration!” The teacher entered the room and saw the girl alive, whom he though dead, and said to his student, “I approve your skill, I laud your experience, and I am amazed at your diligence! But listen: I don’t want you to have missed the chance of benefiting through your art: take this prize. This is the money which the girl brought with her.” He then gave him the ten sesterces of gold. He also ordered that the girl be revived with healthy foods. After a few days, when he learned that she was sprung from a royal line, his friends were brought forth, and he adopted the girl as his own. As he heard her ask in tears that she not be touched by another man, he put her into seclusion among the priestesses of Diana, where all maidens used to preserve their inviolable chastity.

27 Quod ut vidit iuvenis, ad magistrum suum currit et ait: “Magister, puella, quam credis esse defunctam, vivit. Et ut facilius mihi credas, spiritum praeclusum patefaciam.” Adhibitis secum viribus tulit puellam in cubiculo suo et posuit super lectulum, velum divisit, calefecit oleum, madefecit lanam et effudit super pectus puellae. Sanguis vero ille, qui intus a perfrictione coagulatus fuerat, accepto tepore liquefactus est coepitque spiritus praeclusus per medullas descendere. Venis itaque patefactis aperuit puella oculos et recipiens spiritum, quem iam perdiderat, leni et balbutienti sermone ait: “Deprecor itaque, medice, ne me contingas aliter, quam oportet contingere: uxor enim regis sum et regis filia.”

Iuvenis ut vidit, quod in arte viderat, quod magistrum fallebat, gaudio plenus vadit ad magistrum suum et ait: “Veni, magister, en discipuli tui apodixin.” Magister introivit cubiculum et, ut vidit puellam iam vivam, quam mortuam putabat, ait discipulo suo: “Probo artem, peritiam laudo, miror diligentiam. Sed audi, discipule: nolo te artis beneficium perdidisse; accipe mercedem. Haec enim puella secum attulit pecuniam.” Et dedit ei decem sestertia auri; et iussit puellam salubribus cibis et fomentis recreari.

Post paucos dies, ut cognovit eam regio genere esse ortam, adhibitis amicis in filiam suam sibi adoptavit. Ut rogavit cum lacrimis, ne ab aliquo contingeretur, exaudivit eam et inter sacerdotes Dianae feminas seclusit et collocavit, ubi omnes virgines inviolabiliter servabant castitatem.

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