"The brilliancy might have befitted Aladdin’s palace"

Aladdin is the eponymous hero of a Middle Eastern folk tale which appears in the Arabian Nights. A young and idle boy, he is taken in by a sorcerer who pretends to be his uncle and sent on a quest to retrieve an oil lamp from an enchanted cave. On rubbing the lamp, Aladdin unwittingly unleashes a genie who, indebted for the liberation, is obliged to do his bidding. Aladdin has the genie secure him the Sultan’s daughter’s hand in marriage and then instructs him to build a palace fit for her, a glittering marble edifice with walls of solid gold and silver studded in precious stones. Read the full tale here.

 

Aladdin snoozing amid the luxuries of his palace
Public DomainAladdin snoozing amid the luxuries of his palace - Credit: Walter Paget
Illustration from the 1909 Arabian Nights
Public DomainIllustration from the 1909 Arabian Nights - Credit: Maxfield Parrish