A History of Ancient Geography Among the Greeks and Romans from the Earliest Ages Till the Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1

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J. Murray, 1883 - Classical geography - 1409 pages
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Page 188 - p6s nraanfti>ii)i> na.1 rV ""i1"1 tl& (iv. miles.5 It is evident that this idea of the conformation of the country is so widely different from its real position and figure, that it would be a mere waste of time to attempt to discuss it in minute detail, or attempt to reconcile it with the natural boundaries. The important result is, that he considered the country inhabited by the Scythians (properly so called) to extend only about 400 G. miles inland, whether measured from the Euxine or the Palus...
Page 508 - The climate of both is hot and dry, and rain is of rare occurrence in either country." (Elphinstone's Caubul, vol. ii. p. 225.) NOTE Oo, p. 448. WIDTH OF THE INDUS. According to Sir A. Burnes the Indus where it has been joined by the rivers of the Punjab "never shallows, even in the dry season, to less than fifteen feet and seldom preserves so great a breadth as half a mile.
Page 446 - The tides rise in the mouths of the Indus Tides of the Indus. about nine feet at full moon : they flow and ebb •with great violence, particularly near the sea, where they flood and abandon the banks with equal and incredible velocity. It is dangerous to drop the anchor but at low water, as the channel is frequently obscured, and the vessel may be left dry. The tides in the Indus are only perceptible seventy-five miles from the sea, that is, about twenty-five miles below Tatta.
Page 118 - Dictionary. of philosophers. He is reported to have made a visit to Egypt, to have fixed the year at three hundred and sixty-five days, to have determined the course of the sun from solstice to solstice, and to have calculated eclipses. He attributed an eclipse of the moon to the interposition of the earth between the sun and moon, and an eclipse of the sun to the interposition of the moon between the sun and earth, — and thus taught the rotundity of the earth, sun, and moon. He also determined...
Page 532 - Such was the terror of the crews on this occasion that it appears to have produced as much effect on their minds as all their sufferings from hunger and other hardships. At the present day whales are still frequently met with in this part of the Indian Ocean, and it is not uncommon for a steamer bound from Aden to Bombay to encounter " a school " (as it is termed) of whales similar to that which caused such alarm to the fleet of Nearchus. They however rarely approach so near the coast. 9. A much...
Page v - Quod ii ferunt animo iniquo, qui certis quibusdam destinatisque sententiis quasi addicti et consecrati sunt eaque necessitate constricti, ut etiam, quae non probare soleant, ea cogantur constantiae causa defendere: nos, qui sequimur probabilia nec ultra quam ad id, quod veri simile occurrit, progredi possumus, et refellere sine pertinacia et refelli sine iracundia parati sumus.
Page 7 - ... surgeons. — Prison correspondence. — Specimen of a regulation letter. — The tailor's joke. — A Roland for an Oliver. — News of death. — Schemes for escape. — The freemasonry of misfortune. — Plot and counter-plot. — The pursuit of pleasure under difficulties. IT does not come within the scope of the present work to enter into a detailed description of the sufferings of the Union prisoners in this place of durance : those who have a taste for such gloomy themes may gratify it...
Page 518 - But no traveller has as yet traversed its length from one end to the other, in the direction followed by Alexander. So far as we can judge he appears to have kept along a kind of plain or valley, which is found to run nearly parallel to the coast, between the interior range of the Mushti hills and the lower rugged hills that bound the immediate neighbourhood of the sea-coast.
Page 487 - Ghuznee is spoken of as excessive, even by the inhabitants of the cold countries in its neighbourhood. For the greater part of the winter, the inhabitants seldom quit their houses ; and, even in the city of Ghuznee, the snow has been known to lie deep for some time after the vernal equinox. Traditions prevail of the city having been twice destroyed by falls of snow, in which all the inhabitants were buried.
Page 487 - Ghuznee, which is generally mentioned as the coldest part of the plain country in the Caubul dominions. The cold of Ghuznee is spoken of as excessive, even by the inhabitants of the cold countries in its neighbourhood. For the greater part of the winter the inhabitants seldom quit their houses ; and even in the city of Ghuznee the snow has been known to lie deep for some time after the vernal equinox. Traditions...

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