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. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...in the train; their fierce warlike looks and garb and their brazen tunics intensified the fear of the crowds gathered together in the city. Gigantic soldiers, carrying brass bucklers and gleaming weapons, passed in huge battalions in the rear. Fierce Leitetanians, naked save their tiger skins, uplifted clubs of war, whilst they chanted a battle cry as they strode on with the procession. Negroes yet in captivity, Numidian warriors, Painted Lydians, swelled the formidable array. Likewise, herds of idolatrous Ethiopians, some from Egypt and Cappadocia, covered with vermilion stripes, and tattooed about the body to resemble the skins of snakes, chanted unintelligible patois, harsh and dissonant. As the procession of the High Chamberlain Aman passed the temple, the eunuch priests of Bel, pale, and clothed in white robes, with heads and faces completely shaven, joined the throng, beating upon the golden lyres strange and almost monotonous tones. These exhorted the people to bow down to "him" whom the god had favoured so well. In their girdles they carried some strange concoction, a saliva of the god, with which they now and again made mystic signs upon their brows and the soles of their feet. Other lugubrious sounds came from the Lybian warriors, who beat a war tattoo upon their skin instruments; these likewise resorted successively to the barbaric rhymes of their creed, as they strode onward with the rest through the metropolis. Fear, excitement, and the innate superstition of the Persians swayed the populace of Susa with mystic emotion. They even looked upon Aman as a god, a being commanding life and death. Agitation was paramount in the breasts of the multitude; women slaves fell down kissing the ground whereon the procession had...
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