Aphrodite in Aulis Author:George Moore Rhesos, a young sculptor working under Phidias' direction, receives a commission from his native town, Aulis, to carve a statue of Aphrodite. Inspiration having failed, he entreats aid of an Oracle who bids him seek the Goddess rising from the sea at dawn. — For many dawns he lies expectant among the sedge, until at last two beautiful maidens ap... more »pear cleaving the waves. They are nude; but as they walk through the shoals, perceiving him, they beckon and demand his verdict on a point of beauty: which maiden has the loveliest figure. The girl of his choice eventually becomes his wife and model. The other, her sister, marries Rhesos' brother, an architect.
Enough to say that the story could only have been written by a master: it has the additional value of being in all probablility George Moore's swan song.« less