Ancient History from the Monuments. Persia, from the Earliest Period to the Arab Conquest

Ancient History from the Monuments. Persia, from the Earliest Period to the Arab Conquest

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1875 edition. Excerpt: ...are from 6 to 9% feet in breadth, great mechanical skill must have been required to remove from the quarry such enormous weights, and to place them so as to present, as they do, a perfectly smooth perpendicular wall2. Taking the mean of the measurements of those travellers who can the best be relied on, Mr. Fergusson estimates the greatest length and breadth of the platform at 1500 and 950 feet respectively. The outline of this remarkable platform is irregular, a fact probably due to the nature of the ground; the present level is also very uneven, owing chiefly to the vast accumulation on it of fallen ruins: to the north, the native rock shews marks of the tools by which the upper portions were hewn down; and in, the adjacent quarries are still many slabs carved and ready for removal. It is clear, therefore, that here, as is the case with some of the great buildings in Egypt, additions contemplated were never carried into effect. The arrangement of the buildings on and within the boundary of the great platform, will be best understood, if it is borne in mind that they stand on three distinct terraces, each varying in some degree from the other, as regards their respective heights above the plain. Of these there still exist--that to the south; that about twenty-three feet above it; that to the north, about thirty-five feet; and, between these two, the central or upper terrace, on which repose the noblest remains, which is as much as forty-five feet. 1 Fergusson's Hand-book of Architecture, i. p. 188. Supposing one of the blocks fifty-five feet long and nine feet broad, and only half as thick as broad, it would, if in limestone, weigh above fifteen tons, and if in marble, considerably more To reach these levels from the plain, and from one more

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  • Paperback | 52 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 109g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236565320
  • 9781236565327