Travels in Arabia, Volume 2

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Page 336 - Canal was found to be of so little use, that in order to facilitate the communication with India, he built a city on the west coast of that sea, almost under the tropic, to which he gave the name of Berenice. This new city
Page 416 - the ascent from the top, we were, however, rewarded by the discovery of some inscriptions. The characters are two and a half inches in length, and executed with much care and regularity. To avoid the possibility of omission or error, three separate copies were taken by different individuals, all
Page 96 - appear in successive ridges beyond it, while the valleys which intersect them are so narrow that few can be perceived. No villages and castles, as in Europe, here animate the picture; no forests, lakes, or falls of water, break the silence and monotony of the scene. All has the appearance of a vast and desolate wilderness, either grey,
Page 21 - Considerable attention has also of late years been directed towards the phenomenon connected with this remarkable spot, though the accounts hitherto furnished by travellers are neither so full nor so satisfactory as could be wished. It forms one of a ridge of low calcareous hills, at a distance of three
Page 336 - in proof of this being the Berenice Trogloditica of Ptolemy, Strabo, and Pliny, will be admitted as conclusive. I shall subjoin the following extracts from Robertson's " Historical Disquisition concerning Ancient India:"—" From the slow and dangerous navigation towards the northern extremity of the Red Sea,
Page 120 - as far as the eye could reach, as if a multitude of fishermen had just emptied their nets there. They were exceedingly varied in form and size ; some measuring nearly five feet in length, and of more than proportionate thickness; and of these, many hundreds lay among the smaller fry
Page 416 - copies were taken by different individuals, all which have been subsequently examined and compared *. Continuing our route from hence to the top of the hill, houses nearly as numerous as those below, walls and other defensive edifices, were perceived at various distances, scattered over its surface, and on the verge of the precipice, * A
Page 21 - from the beach, to which a sandy plain, extending with a gentle rise to their base, connects them. Its height, about four hundred feet, as well as the material of which it is composed—a light-coloured friable sandstone—is about the same as the rest of the chain; but an inclined plane of almost impalpable sand rises at an angle of 40
Page 22 - friable sandstone—is about the same as the rest of the chain; but an inclined plane of almost impalpable sand rises at an angle of 40 with the horizon, and is bounded by a semicircle of rocks presenting broken, abrupt, and pinnacled forms, and extending to the base of this remarkable hill. Although their shape and arrangement in some respects may be
Page 158 - a good pilot, a vessel might enter with every facility and safety. Towards the interior, at the distance of a mile and a half from the beach, between two barren and rocky hills, is the valley of 'A'inunah, celebrated among the

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