es of invisible birds of passage calling to each other in the night as they flew at a dizzy height above the city.
Hipyllos turned into a side street, which led from the superb street exten
ding from the Dipylum Gate to a long hill in the Melitan quarter. Here he told Myrmex to extinguis
h the torch; then after looking around him and listening, till he thought himself sure that no one
was following, he directed his steps towards a solitary house at the foot of the height which, se
en in the moonlight, presented a peculiar aspect.
It had a hyperoon or upper story which extended
only over part of the building and was reached by
a staircase on the outside. It was an old-fashion
ed, but very convenient style of architecture, especially when this
upper story was used for guest rooms. In those days, when taverns were