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The Last Man
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THE LAST MAN. | BY | THE AUTHOR OF FRANKENSTEIN. | IN THREE VOLUMES. | Let no man seek / Henceforth to be foretold what shall befall / Him or his children. / MILTON. | VOL. I. | LONDON: | HENRY COLBURN, NEW BURLINGTON STREET. | 1826.
See Shakespeare's Timon of Athens, in which the rich Athenian invites his former friends who have deserted him to a banquet, only to serve them warm water ("Uncover, dogs, and lap" [III.vi]). He then retires to a misanthrope's cave outside the city.
Theseus killed the Minotaur--a monster with the head of a bull and a man's body, trapped in the labyrinth by Daedalus--and, with the help of the ball of thread given to him by Ariadne, found his way out of the labyrinth.
As Frederic Colwell has noted, the Shelleys made numerous visits in the spring of 1819 to a neoclassical, "tetrastyle ionic" temple still standing on an island in a lake in the Borghese Gardens (pp. 128-31), a very fashionable spot at the time. The temple contains reliefs, rooftop statuary, and an inscribed pediment; it dates from the late eighteenth century. Claire Clairmont describes the temple in her journals and records reading Wordsworth there after rowing across to the island.