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Page 101 - With this single alteration, it serves as exactly for all the purposes of the Popish as it did for the Pagan worship for which it was built. For as in the old temple every one might find the...
Page 375 - ... men could only remove the rubbish, preparatory to repairing it, in two months. If indeed it required one half of that number to disencumber it, the state of dilapidation must have been complete. The immense masses of vitrified brick which are seen on the top of the mount, appear to have marked its summit since the time of its destruction. The rubbish about its base was probably in much greater quantities, the weather having dissipated much of it in the course of so many revolving ages ; and possibly...
Page 377 - In the north side may be seen traces of building exactly similar to the brick pile. At the foot of the mound a step may be traced, scarcely elevated above the plain, exceeding in extent by several feet each way the true or measured base ; and there is a quadrangular inclosure round the whole, as at the Mujelibe, but much more perfect and of greater dimensigns.
Page 215 - It is a hundred and seventeen feet wide, and eighty-six feet high ; the height from the top of the cornice to the top of the door being sixty-six feet six inches, and the height of the door twenty feet. There are four enormous sitting colossi, the largest in Egypt or Nubia, except the great Sphinx at the pyramids, to which they approach in the proportion of near two-thirds.
Page 429 - But the object which most attracts attention consists in the sculptures which cover the east wing of the northern front. They contain, on a great scale, a representation of a victory, gained by one of the ancient kings of Egypt over their Asiatic enemies. The number of human figures introduced amounts to 1500, 500 on foot and 1000 in chariots.
Page 371 - It is of an oblong shape, irregular in its height and the measurement of its sides, which face the cardinal points; the northern side being...
Page 148 - It has no mythology of obscene and ferocious deities; no sanguinary or impure observances ; no self-inflicted tortures ; no tyrannizing priesthood ; no confounding of right and wrong, by making certain iniquities laudable in worship. In its moral code, its descriptions of the purity and peace of the first ages, of the shortening of man's life because of his sins, &c., it seems to have followed genuine traditions. In almost every respect, it seems to be the best religion which man has ever invented.
Page 318 - Before the great inundation, which took place four thousand eight hundred years after the creation of the World, the country of Anahuac was inhabited by giants (tzocuillixeque).
Page 275 - These enclosures are three hundred and fifty feet distant from one another, and each has four large gates, with a high tower ; which are placed, one in the middle of each side of the enclosure, and opposite to the four cardinal points. The outward wall is near four miles in circumference...
Page 463 - The construction of a route over the Simplon was decided upon by Napoleon immediately after the battle of Marengo, while the recollection of his own difficult passage of the Alps by the Great St. Bernard (at that time one of the easiest Alpine passes) was fresh in his memory. The plans and surveys by which the direction of the road was determined, were made by M.