Dictionary of Greek and Roman Geography: Abacaenum-Hytanis. 1854. v. 2 Iabadius-Zymethus. 1857

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William Smith
Walton & Maberly, 1854 - Classical geography
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Page 259 - ... columns in all. These columns were 6 feet 2 inches in diameter at the base, and 34 feet in height. The...
Page 243 - the flood of fire in which the marble columns, the mountains, and the sea are all bathed and penetrated", and of "the violet hue which Hymettus assumes in the evening sky, in contrast to the glowing furnace of the rock of Lycabettus and the rosy pyramid of Pentelicus".
Page 263 - On both sides, and towards the door, is a kind of gallery, made with two ranks of pillars, twenty-two below, and twentythree above. The odd pillar is over the arch of the entrance, which was left for the passage.
Page 265 - This statue was made of olive-wood, and was said to have fallen down from heaven. Here was the sacred olive-tree, which Athena called forth from the earth in her contest with Poseidon for the possession of Attica; here also was the well of salt water which Poseidon produced by the stroke of his trident, the impression of which was seen upon the rock ; and here, lastly, was the tomb of Oecrops as well as that of Ercchtbeus. . . . The form of the Erechtheium differs from every other known example of...
Page 259 - ... of many larger modern buildings, where the same singleness of design is not apparent. In the Parthenon there was nothing to divert the spectator's contemplation from the simplicity and majesty of mass and outline, which forms the first and most remarkable object of admiration in a Greek temple...
Page 211 - There was also wheat, barley, and legumens, and beer1 in jars, in which the malt itself floated even with the brims of the vessels, and with it reeds, some large and others small, without joints. These, when any one was thirsty, he was to take into his mouth and suck. The liquor was very strong, when unmixed with water, and exceeding pleasant to those who were used to it.
Page 352 - Behold the land of the Chaldeans; this people was not, till the Assyrian founded it for them that dwell in the wilderness: they set up the towers thereof, they raised up the palaces thereof; and he brought it to ruin.
Page 385 - All these are called by names nearly the same as those of the States they came from, names which they have retained in the country upon which they made war, and in the land whereon they settled."— Bell.
Page 343 - Riippell, a German traveller in Abyssinia, is not yet published. The town stands ' partly in and partly at the mouth of a nook formed by two hills on the NW end of an extensive and fertile valley, which is watered by a small stream.
Page 296 - ... the middle where the ground bears no appearance of having ever been touched. But as there is no doubt of the whole canal having been excavated by Xerxes (see Herod, vii. 37, 122, and thucyd. iv. 109), it is probable that the central part was afterwards filled up in order to allow a more ready passage into and out of the peninsula. In many places the canal is still deep, swampy at the bottom, and filled with rushes and other aquatic plants: the rain and small springs draining down into it from...

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