A Journey Through Persia, Armenia, and Asia Minor, to Constantinople, in the Years 1808 and 1809: In which is Included, Some Account of the Proceedings of His Majesty's Mission, Under Sir Harford Jones, Bart. K.C. to the Court of the King of Persia

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M. Carey, 1816 - Armenia - 427 pages
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Shahre Shapour P.93-94 and 363-376------------------------------------------------------------ بیشاپور به سال ۲۶۶ میلادی و به دستور شاپور اول پادشاه ساسانی ساخته شده است. پس از پیروزی شاپور بر والرین امپراتور روم، شاپور دستور داد در ناحیه ای خوش آب و هوا بر سر راه تخت جمشید به تیسفون شهری بنا کنند. این جاده در زمان هخامنشیان، شهرهای تخت جمشید و استخر را به شوش وصل می کرد. شاپور نام خود را بر این شهر نهاد.  

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Page 300 - And pastured on from verdant stage to stage, Where fields and fountains fresh could best engage. Toil was not then. Of nothing took they heed, But with wild beasts the sylvan war to wage, ' And o'er vast plains their herds and flocks to feed ; Blest sons of nature they ! true golden age indeed...
Page 207 - His present accorded with the character which is assigned to him ; it consisted of pistols and spears, a string of one hundred camels, and as many mules. After this came the present from the prince of Yezd, another of the king's sons, which consisted of shawls and the silken stuffs, the manufacture of his own town. Then followed that of the prince of Mesched ; and last of all, and the mo»t valuable, was that from Hajee Mohamed Hossein Khan, ameen-ed-doulah.
Page 17 - The rocky summits, split and rent, Form'd turret, dome, or battlement, Or seem'd fantastically set With cupola or minaret, Wild crests as pagod ever deck'd, Or mosque of Eastern architect.
Page 274 - In fact, they have courage — one of the first qualities of a horseman; they ride, without the least apprehension, over any country, climb the most dangerous steeps over rock and shrub ; and keep their way in defiance of every obstacle of ground. They have also a firm seat, and that on a saddle which, among an hundred different sorts would be called the least commodious. But that is all ; they understand nothing of a fine hand, nor indeed with their bridles can they learn ; for they use only a strong...
Page 121 - The dishes lie promiscuously before the guests, who all eat without any particular notice of one another. The silence, indeed, with which the whole is transacted, is one of the most agreeable circumstances of a Persian feast. There is no rattle of plates and knives and forks, no confusion of lacquies, no drinking of healths, no disturbance of carving, scarcely a word is spoken, and all are intent on the business before them. Their feasts are soon over, and although it appears difficult to collect...
Page 352 - The Mirza himself told me, that when he was in Calcutta, he wore leather-breeches and boots. I am sure, then, that if the Persians had possessed as much communication with Europeans as the Turks have had, they would at this day not only have adopted many of our customs, but, with their natural quickness, would have rivalled us in our own arts and sciences.
Page 168 - ... and grandees, is Shah Abbas the great, seated at a banquet, and offering a cup of' wine to another king, whom he is entertaining at his side,. The wine, indeed, seems to have flowed in plenty, for one of the party is stretched on the floor in the last stage of drunkenness. The painting to the left is Shah Thamas, in another banquet scene. Opposite to the battle between Shah Ismael and Sultan Soliman is that of Nadir Shah and Sultan Mahmoud of India.
Page 81 - All tins was rapidly performed, when the khan called for dinner. On the ground before us was spread the sofra, a fine chintz cloth, which perfectly entrenched our legs, and which is used so long unchanged, that the accumulated fragments of former meals collect into a musty paste, and emit no very savory smell; but the Persians are content, for they say that changing the sofra brings ill luck.
Page 61 - The pearl of Ceylon peels off; that of the gulph is as firm as the rock upon which it grows ; a'ld though it loses in colour and water one per cent. annually for fifty years, yet it still loses less than that of Ceylon. It ceases after fifty years to lose any thing.
Page 236 - If therefore all the sums, which arc annually poured into the king's treasure, had remained a dead stock in his hands, there would not now have been a single piece of gold in Persia. There is no corresponding influx of bullion. Persia exports yearly three hundred and fifty thousand tomauns in specie to India ; to meet this drain there is indeed an inadequate supply from their trade with Russia, which purchases with gold all the silk of Ghilan ; and again with Turkey, which pays in gold for all the...

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