Researches in Asia Minor, Pontus and Armenia: With Some Account of Their Antiquities and Geology, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1842 - Armenia - 544 pages

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Page 476 - Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing you put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.
Page 146 - It rises at an angle of about twenty -two degrees, and is a conspicuous object on all sides. It is impossible to look upon this collection of gigantic mounds, three of which are distinguished by their superior size, without being struck with the power and enterprise of the people by whom they were erected, and without admiring the energies of the nation who endeavored to preserve the memory of their kings and ancestors by means of such rude and lasting monuments.
Page 145 - One mile south of this spot we reached the principal tumulus, generally designated as the tomb of Halyattes. It took us about ten minutes to ride round its base, which would give it a circumference of nearly half a mile. Towards the north it consists of the natural rock, a white horizontally-stratified earthy limestone, cut away so as to appear as part of the structure.
Page 145 - Several deep ravines have been worn by time and weather in its sides, particularly on that to the south: we followed one of these as affording a better footing than the smooth grass, as we ascended to the summit. Here we found the remains of a foundation nearly eighteen feet square, on the north of which was a huge circular stone ten feet in diameter, with a flat bottom and a raised edge or lip evidenrly placed there as an ornament on the apex of the tumulus.
Page 515 - Hamilton (Retiarcho, vol. ip 515), "can exceed the desolation and melancholy appearance of the site of Laodiceia ; no picturesque features in the nature of the ground on which it stands relieve the dull uniformity of its undulating and barren hills ; and with few exceptions, its grey and widely scattered ruins possess no architectural merit to attract the attention of the traveller. Yet it is impossible to view them without interest, when we consider what Laodiceia once was, and how it is connected...
Page 71 - Thick overhanging woods begin directly above the town, while many trees, principally the tall cypress, rise up in and about it, interspersed with numerous graceful minarets and glittering domes. To complete the picture, a flat table-land, standing out a little in advance of the hills, rises up in the middle of the town, the precipitous cliffs of which are surmounted with the ivy-clad walls and towers of a castle of an early age, dating probably from the time when Brusa waź the capital of the Turkish...
Page 146 - Herodotus says that phalli were erected upon the summit of some of these tumuli, of which this may be one ; but Mr. Strickland supposes that a rude representation of the human face might be traced on its weather-beaten surface. In consequence of the ground sloping to the south, this tumulus appears much higher when viewed from the side of Sardis than from any other. It rises at an angle of about twenty-two degrees, and is a conspicuous object on all sides.
Page 493 - The gum is obtained by making an incision in the stem, near the root, and cutting through the pith, when the sap exudes in a day or two, and hardens in the opening, after which it is collected by the peasants.
Page 4 - It is impossible," says Hamilton, "to describe all the beauties and wonders of the gigantic stalactite concretions, and lofty halls, supported, as it were, by Gothic columns, and apparently filled with statues of exquisite delicacy and whiteness. There is, however, one part of the cave which in grandeur and sublimity exceeds all the rest.
Page 515 - Here also the water must have been much charged with calcareous matter, as several of the arches arc covered with a thick incrustation. From this hill the aqueduct crossed a valley before it reached the town, but, instead of being carried over it on lofty arches, as was the usual practice of the Romans, the water was conveyed down the hill in stone barrel-pipes; some of these also are much incrusted, and some completely choked up.

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