Hand-Book for Travellers in Egypt

Hand-Book for Travellers in Egypt

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ...Baratoon; and a third from the Fyoom by the Little Oasis. a. The road from Alexandria goes by the se-coast as far as Baratoon, the ancient Parsetonium, and then turns south to the Seewah. It was the road taken by Alexander. Browne went by it in 1792, and reached Seew-ah in 15 days. At Baratoon are some ruins of Paraetonium, which Strabo describes as a city, with a large port, measuring 40 stadia across. By some it was called Ammonia.. b. That from Teraneh goes to Hammam, and thence by Baratoon to the Seewah; but it is along round, and there is no good water except at Hammzim. c. For the road from the Fyeom to the Little Oasis, see Route 18. From that Oasis to the Seewah, they reckon 7 days, making only a total of 10 days from the Fyoem;but the journey from the Nile may be calculated at l1 orl2 days, which is the distance given by Pliny from Memphis. In going from El Kasr, or from Bowitti in the Little Oasis, they reckon 4 days to Suttra, a small irrigated spot with salt water, but without any palms; then one day and a half to Ar'rag, where are palms and springs of good water; to the north of which, and separated from it bya hill, is Bahrayn, a valley with palms and water. This is out of the road. From Ar'rag to Mertesek is one day. It has a few palms, and water under the sand. Thence to Seewah is one day. The Arabic name of the " Oasis of Ammon," Siwah, or See-wah, is doubtless taken from the ancient Egyptian. It consists of two parts, the eastern and western district; the former the most fertile, and abounding in date trees. According to Browne, itis 6 miles in length, and from 4% to 5 in breadth; but from the irregular form of all these valleys it is diflicnlt to fix the exact...show more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 435g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236924428
  • 9781236924421