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Diary entry by Gertrude Bell

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Friday 29. [29 March 1907] Delicious warm and sunny day. We went round the north of Corsica [Corse] among many islands and about 1 passed close under Monte Christo. Introduced myself to ThÈodore Reinach who was on board with M. Pontremoli and a son of Reinach's. We had a long talk. They are going to Athens [Athinai] to choose in the museum models of Greek furniture for a Greek house Pontremoli is building for Reinach on the Riviera. Pontremoli is a pleasant man, rather downtrodden by Reinach I thought. T.R. was not particularly affable; very learned, rather too authoritative. I asked Pontremoli about Branchedae; he said the first temple had probably been very small and was entirely swallowed up by the Hellenistic structure. It was certainly Doric he said. The later temple was built over a very long period of time; the upper and latest parts probably 3rd century AD. We talked of the singular capitals and of their extremely oriental character. Perfectly clear sunset and deliciously warm night with a full moon. Sat on deck and talked to Mr L. [Lascelles] and Mr Medley.

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