Historical and Descriptive Account of Persia: From the Earliest Ages to the Present Time: with a Detailed View of Its Resources, Government, Population, Natural History, and the Character of Its Inhabitants, Particularly of the Wandering Tribes: Including a Description of Afghanistan and Beloochistan

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Harper & Brothers, 1836 - Afghanistan - 345 pages

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Page 224 - In the same manner personal assaults are generally compromised; but if not, the lex talionis, or rule of " an eye for an eye," or " a tooth for a tooth,
Page 309 - To sum up their character in a few words," concludes the same judicious author, " their vices are, revenge, envy, avarice, rapacity, and obstinacy; on the other hand, they are fond of liberty, faithful to their friends, kind to their dependants, hospitable, brave, hardy, frugal, laborious, and prudent; and they are less disposed than the nations in their neighbourhood to falsehood, intrigue, and deceit.
Page 167 - I numbered the efforts it made to accomplish this object. The grain fell sixty-nine times to the ground; but the insect persevered, and the seventieth time it reached the top. This sight gave me courage at the moment, and I never forgot the lesson.
Page 142 - Semiramis ascended from the plain to the top of the mountain by laying the packs and farthels of her baggagecattle one upon another. Hamadan being generally admitted to be the ancient Ecbatana, there is better reason than is commonly to be found in similar conjectures for believing that this sculpture dates from the era of the Assyrian heroine. We can allow for the exaggeration which has covered 1,500 feet into seventeen furlongs.
Page 17 - My father's empire," said Cyrus to Xenophon, " is so large that people perish with cold at one extremity whilst they are suffocated with heat at the other.
Page 120 - Parsees do not tolerate polygamy, unless the first wife prove barren ; nor do their laws allow concubinage. They cannot eat or drink out of the same vessel with one of a different religion, nor are they fond even of using the cup of another, for fear of partaking of his sins. Their religion, however, admits of proselytism. They have no fasts, and reject every thing of the nature of penance.
Page 90 - Babegan, is a space of nearly five centuries, and the whole of that remarkable era may be termed a blank in Eastern history. And yet, when we refer to the pages of Roman writers, we find this...
Page 285 - The looks, words and even the movements of the body are all regulated by the strictest forms. When the King is seated in public his sons, ministers and courtiers stand erect, with their hands crossed and in the exact place belonging to their rank. They watch his looks and a glance is a command. If he speaks to them, you hear a voice reply and see the lips move, but not a motion or gesture betrays that there is animation in the person thus addressed.
Page 298 - ... undirected and unrestrained. Amidst the stormy independence of this mode of life, he would regret the ease and security in which the state of India, and even the indolence and timidity of its inhabitants, enable most part of that country to repose.
Page 273 - Attached to the saddle, on the right, is a small case holding three darts, each about two feet and a half in length : and on the left, at the saddlebow, you perceive a mace, the most deadly of all his weapons. It is two feet and a half in length ; sometimes embossed with gold, at others set with precious stones.

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