The Edinburgh Review; Or Critical Journal Volume 148-149

The Edinburgh Review; Or Critical Journal Volume 148-149

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1878 edition. Excerpt: ...should be on the coast, if a tolerable port can be made, rather than in the interior, as Nicosia is. The principal cultivation and the most tenantable dwellings of the native inhabitants appear to be on the coast. It appears that in the absence of rain which prevails in Cyprus for many months in the year, the moisture from the sea promotes vegetation, which is nowhere more luxuriant than in what Herr von L&her terms 'sea-meadows '--patches of culture between the sand-drift on the shore. About two hours' ride eastward from Limasol our traveller reached the ruins of Amathus, at no great distance from the sea, hut situated on a steep acclivity--the natural acropolis of a city. It is here that the Phoenicians are believed to have founded their first settlement in Cyprus, the name being derived from the Hebrew ' Chamath, ' a walled city, and the site is impregnable. It was here, too, that the Greeks celebrated the feasts in honour of Adonis, who met his death, the legend tells, in the Idalian groves between Larnaca and Famagosta. Of all this nothing remains but a few shattered fragments of the huge vase of Amathus, a mighty vessel hewn in stone, some ten feet in diameter, which Herr von Loher, with some German bitterness, declares to have been broken by a party of French antiquarians, because they failed to carry it away with them. We are convinced that 11. de Vogii6 (whose name is mentioned) could be no party to this act of vandalism. Still further to the east lies Karrubieh, a little port sheltered by a neighbouring promontory, where are to be seen some of the best houses in Cyprus. It deserves notice that good stone for building is found in this part of the island, and the quarries here are worked for the conveyance of stone to Egypt for...show more

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  • United States
  • English
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  • 1236984730
  • 9781236984739