The History of Egypt; From the Earliest Times Till the Conquest by the Arabs, A.D. 640 Volume 2

The History of Egypt; From the Earliest Times Till the Conquest by the Arabs, A.D. 640 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. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...we loarn but little of the state of the country. Now and then a traveller, after measuring the pyramids of Memphis and the underground tombs of Thebes, might venture as far as the cataracts, and watch the sun at noon on the longest day, shining to the bottom of the sacred well at Syene, like the orator Aristides and his friend Dion in this reign; but even such travellers were few. Aristides indeed lost the notes which he made upon his journey; and from him we learn little beyond the measure of the Nile's rise, which was twenty-eight cubits at Elephantine, twenty-one at Coptos, and fourteen at Memphis. (3) The celebrated Museum, which had held the vast library of the Ptolemies, had been burnt by the soldiers of Julius Csesar in one of their battles with the Egyptian army in the streets of Alexandria; but the loss had been in part repaired by Mark Antony's gift of the library from Pergamus to the temple of Serapis. The new library, however, would seem to have been placed in a building somewhat separated from the temple, as when the temple of Serapis was burnt in the reign of Marcus Aurelius, and again when it Chronicon. was part destroyed by fire in the second year of this reign, we hear of no loss of books; and two hundred years later the library of the Serapium had risen to inscript ne number of seven hundred thousand volumes, oruter, -The temple-keeper to the great god Serapis, or one axxm-of the temple-keepers, at this time was Asclepiades, a noted boxer and wrestler, who had been made chief of the wrestling-ground, and had received the high rank of the emperor's freedman. He set up a statue to his father Demetrius, an equally noted boxer and wrestler, who had been chief priest of the wrestling-ground and of the emperor's baths in the last...show more

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  • Paperback | 142 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 8mm | 268g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236512995
  • 9781236512994