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In fact, one can see the prophets and Esdra, in particular, who gives the book of law to the Orientals, as described in the inscription.
(8) Strangely, these descriptions contradict the supposed original inscriptions, written (presumably on the cornice) around the room in which they were housed, and described in a letter some three years earlier by the owner's agent, Federico della Rovere (see Appendix 2): 'Sapientam [omnium] antiquorum exquiret Sapiens et in Prophetis vacabit' and 'Ezechiel, Daniel, Esdras inter Assyrios, Chaldeos, Medos, & Persas divinorum Oraculum mysteria prevident, tempora describunt instaurant exemplaria.' Elizabeth McGrath has identified the first inscription as a quotation from Ecclesiasticus (39:1), but the source for the latter remains a mystery.
Prima che fossero ristaurate le stanze stavan superiormente scritte con doratura all'intorno le seguenti cenni storici dei soggetti quantunque per la vecchiaia abbanstanza leggibile poi colorati a muro; furono copiati fedelmente in grande, ed ecco il primo rosa dice Ezechiel, Daniel, Esdras inter Assyrias, Chaldeos, Medos, Persas divinorum Oraculum mysteria prevident, tempora describunt instaurant exemplaria--'
The former was founded by Giuseppe Levi and Esdra Pontremoli in Vercelli (Piedmont).
However, the plethora of characters in Botho Strau[Beta]'s eclectic volume of short and longer prose texts and one poem are familiar with them, just as they quote from "Ephraim" in "the fourth book of Esdra." The author's central themes are once again human relationships, the ability or inability to communicate, and, consequently, language itself.
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