Alec looked up just as Magnus reached him, caught him, and pulled him close. His fingers traced over Alec’s face as if checking for bruises or damage; under his breath, he was muttering, ‘How could you- go off like this and not even tell me-I could have helped you-’
The hydraulis of Dion, a sophisticated musical instrument, precursor to the western pipe organ. The Dion hydraulis is the oldest such musical instrument found (1st century AD). Detail: a small glass plaque in the millefiori technique from the decoration of the organ.
Clay models, and depictions on mosaics of the instrument have also been found: (terracotta model found in Tunisia now at the British Museum, mosaic from Villa Nennig, Germany)