Discoveries at Ephesus; Including the Site and Remains of the Great Temple of Diana

Discoveries at Ephesus; Including the Site and Remains of the Great Temple of Diana

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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. 1877 edition. Excerpt: ...and weighing more than eleven tons, was found deeply buried in the sand and marble chippings at the west end of the Temple, and was almost entirely under water. As it was, moreover, turned completely over, with its base uppermost, it was a very difficult task to raise it out of the water in the first place; we had to use our pump vigorously to keep the water down sufficiently to allow the men who worked the levers to approach the work, and as the sculptured parts were on the underside of the marble as it lay, it was extremely difficult to avoid injuring the drapery of the figures. By degrees the drum was turned over until it rested upon its proper base. It then became easier to insert one by one the stout timbers upon which it was to be placed before it could be moved up out of the water. Little by little the immense block was lifted to a higher level, the timbers being then placed under it, by means of a strong crab winch and pulleys. An attempt was made to draw it up clear of the hole in which it had lain buried for so many centuries, but the strength of the winch and the men who worked it broke the ropes. Having obtained stronger ropes, on October 7 we began again to haul up the big drum after having got Cella-wall of Temple Impression of cellawall s. it on to a strong sledge. We had not moved it many yards when a road, partly made for the purpose, gave way under the weight, and we had great difficulty in avoiding a catastrophe; but we repaired the road, and on November 15 the huge block safely reached the top, nearly two months after its discovery, ready for the photographer, who came out the next day to take a view of it. It was then secured from harm by planks until the crew of one of her Majesty's ships should come and move it on to the...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236521404
  • 9781236521408