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Babar (14831530) was a descendant of Genghis Khan and Tamerlane [see Timor]. After his mighty conquest of India in 152527, he became a great reformer and a patron of the arts. " Babylon or Babylonian. C. The city was located near modern Hilla on a branch of the Euphrates River. The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, one of the Seven Wonders of the World, were located here. The science of astrology was much advanced by Babylonian scholars. In a footnote to A Vision, Yeats identifies "Mathematical Starlight" as Babylonian astrology, present in the friendships and antipathies of the Olympic gods.
Hercules could overcome him only by lifting him into the air and squeezing him to death before he could touch the ground. D. ). Founder of Christian monasticism. " He was born near Heracleopolis, in Upper Egypt. At the age of twenty, he gave away all his property and retired to live as an ascetic, moving ever deeper into the desert to be alone. When disciples gathered nearby, he finally emerged and created a community of monks; but he soon withdrew himself. Later, ca. 311, he emerged again to give strength to the Christian martyrs then undergoing the merciless persecutions of the Roman emperors Diocletian and Maximus I.
About 1902, Yeats's poetry lost many of the ephemeral qualities of his early escapist work and began to take on the harder, less dream-burdened, more controversial manner that marks his poetry thereafter. His experiences in the Irish theatre and on the Irish political scene share, as the next Page xi years go by, a good deal of the responsibility for this change. It is from this point, too, that he begins to work into the very texture of his poetry the names of his friends, of theatre people and artists, and of public figures with whom he was frequently associated or knew by reputation.