Narrative of the Operations and Recent Discoveries Within the Pyramids, Temples, Tombs, and Excavations, in Egypt and Nubia: And of a Journey to the Coast of the Red Sea, in Search of the Ancient Berenkč; and Another to the Oasis of Jupiter Ammon
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Ababde Alexandria ancient antiquities appeared Arabs arrived Assouan Bashaw Beban el Malook Bedoweens Beechey Belzoni Berenice boat brought Cacheff Cairo Caliud camels Carnak cataract centre chamber Christian colossal colours columns consequence consul Copts covered desert dhourra distance door Drouetti edifice Egypt Egyptian Elloah entered entrance excavation farther feet Fellahs figures gave Girgeh give Gournou granite Greek ground head Herodotus hieroglyphics inches journey knew labour Lake Moeris land Luxor Mameluke morning mountains mummies never night Nile Nubia obelisk observed passage passed perceived piastres pieces pleased promised pronaos propylaeon pyramid received rocks ruins Salt sand sarcophagus seen sent Sheik side soldiers spot stones supposed temple Thebes thing thought told tombs took town traveller Turks Upper Egypt valley village Wady Halfa wall wished women Ybsambul
Page 145 - ... being accustomed to the sight, impressed me with horror. The blackness of the wall, the faint light given by the candles or torches for want of air, the different objects that surrounded me, seeming to converse with each other, and the Arabs with the candles or torches in their hands, naked and covered with dust, themselves resembling living mummies, absolutely formed a scene that cannot be described.
Page 197 - It is a hundred and seventeen feet wide, and eightysix 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 twothirds.
Page 146 - I sought a resting place, found one, and contrived to sit; but when my weight bore on the body of an Egyptian, it crushed it like a bandbox. I naturally had recourse...
Page 146 - ... a body could be forced through. It was choked with mummies, and I could not pass without putting my face in contact with that of some decayed Egyptian ; but as the passage inclined downwards, my own weight helped me on : however, I could not avoid being • covered with bones, legs, arms, and heads rolling from above.
Page 35 - It appeared to me like entering a city of giants, who, after a long conflict, were all destroyed, leaving the ruins of their various temples as the only proofs of their former existence.
Page 145 - ... surrounded me, seeming to converse with each other, and the .Arabs with the candles or torches in their hands, naked and covered with dust, themselves resembling living mummies, absolutely formed a scene that cannot be described. In such a situation I found myself several times, and often returned exhausted and fainting, till at last I became inured to it, and indifferent to what I suffered, except from the dust, which never failed to choke my throat and nose ; and though, fortunately, I am destitute...
Page 146 - Thus I proceeded from one cave to another, all full of mummies piled up in various ways, some standing, some lying, and some on their heads. The purpose of my researches was to rob the Egyptians of their papyri; of which I found a few hidden in their breasts, under their arms, in the space above the knees, or on the legs, and covered by the numerous folds of cloth, that envelop the mummy.
Page 217 - At the end of this room, which I call the entrance-hall, and opposite the aperture, is a large door, from which three steps lead down into a chamber with two pillars. This is twenty-eight feet two inches by twenty-five feet six inches. The pillars are three feet ten inches square. I gave it the name of the drawing-room ; for it is covered with figures, which, though only outlined, are so fine and perfect, that you would think they had been drawn only the day before. Returning into the entrance-hall,...
Page 316 - He that has a zenzabia of it is the richest of all. In such a case there is no distinction ; if the master has none, the servant will not give it to him, for very few are the instances where a man will voluntarily lose his life to save that of another, particularly in a caravan in the desert, where people are strangers to each other.