Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Volume 2

Arrian's History of Alexander's Expedition Volume 2

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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. 1814 edition. Excerpt: ...voices as their oars. The mariners, thus instructed, recovered from their flight, and, upon a signal given, plied their oars manfully; and wheu they came near the fish, not only shouted as loud as possible, but sounded their trumpets, and beat tiie sea vehemently with their oars; whereupon the whales, who were Dow just under the beaks of their ships, terrified with the strangeness of the sound, snnk down to the bottom of the deep, and rising again at some distance, began to spout forth the water as before. Then the sailors rejoiced exceedingly at their unexpected deliverance, and, with one voice, applauded the wisdom and courage of their admiral. Some of those whales are left ashore on different parts of that coast (when the tide falls away), and entangled in the shallows: others are thrown on shore by the violence of storms, and when their bodies are consumed, and the fish all washed away, the bones of the skeleton serve the inhabitants instead of timber, wherewith to build their houses. The ribs and larger bones they choose for beams and rafters, the lesser for boards for covering; the jaw-bdhes for door-posts; for many of these whales grow to the length of a hundred cubits. CHAP. XXXI--Nearchds having now passed the country of the Icthyophagi, was told there was a barren island in that sea, about a hundred stadia distant from the continent, called Nosala, sacred to the sun, and not to be approached by any mortal; or if any body be so imprudent as to venture on shore there, he immediately disappears, and is seen no more. Whereupon he despatched one small galley, manned with Egyptian mariners, who, having entered the island, vanished out of sight; and his commanders reported that the sailors, Iraving rashly ventured to land, were suddenly...show more

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  • Paperback | 218 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 12mm | 399g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236623185
  • 9781236623188