Journey Through Arabia Petraea to Mount Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra

Journey Through Arabia Petraea to Mount Sinai, and the Excavated City of Petra

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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. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...which touch the very sides of the theatre. What a strange habit of mind the people of Petra must have possessed, thus to familiarise themselves so constantly to the idea of death, as Mithridates accustomed himself to poison in order to render himself insensible to its effects! M. Linant took the same view from a greater distance by ascending the ravine. I have endeavouredto preserve in this design the character of the original, although it differs from the preceding view in some points. Funereal monuments are.seen on all sides decorating the rocks from the base to the summit. On the left hand steps are cut in a ravine which lead to a fortress and to other tombs. As an excursion to them would take us to a distance from the Fellahs, we felt no diffi-culty in postponing it to another day. Behind the mass of rocks which are seen to the right, there is a tomb that may be considered as a model of the style which chiefly prevails among the monuments of Petra. I shall not here undertake to settle the points of resemblance which might determine their general architectural style: it will be sufficient to exhibit this tomb as a type of those monuments, and they are by far the most numerous, which do not owe their origin to the domination or the taste of the Romans. The only entrance to Petra is through a narrow ravine cut through the rocks, and bordered on each side by superb 'tombs. This ravine, so curious in its conformation, was TOMBS WITH GREEK INSCRIPTION. 165 produced, doubtless, in the first instance, by some interior movement, but completed and rendered regular by the influence of torrents, which have formed similar channels in all parts of Arabia Petraaa. The natural conformation of the valley and of this opening to it sufficiently explains...show more

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  • Paperback | 88 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 172g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236498682
  • 9781236498687