Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes. Africa: Vol. XXIV. 187679.
Introductory to Egypt, Nubia, and Abyssinia
From the Egyptian
Translated by C. W. Goodwin
At the entertainments of the rich, just as the company is about to rise from the repast, a small coffin is carried round, containing a perfect representation of a dead body; it is in size sometimes of one, but never more than two cubits, and as it is shown to the guests in rotation the hearer exclaims, Cast your eyes on this figure; after death you yourself will resemble it; drink, then, and be happy.Herodotus, Euterpe, xxviii.