Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey

Memoirs Relating to European and Asiatic Turkey : And Other Countries of the East

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Robert Walpole (1781-1856), great-nephew and namesake of Britain's first prime minister, was a classical scholar and clergyman. After graduating from Trinity College, Cambridge, he visited Greece and the Middle East. This work, first published in 1817 and reissued in its second edition in 1818, consists of extracts from the unpublished papers of J. B. S. Morritt, John Sibthorp, Philip Hunt, J. D. Carlyle and other travellers, with descriptions of antiquities, and notes by the editor. The topics vary considerably and reflect the wide interests of contemporary educated and travelled men at a time when many were extending their Grand Tour to the Eastern Mediterranean. They include discussions of the weakness of the Turkish government, observations on natural history, accounts of Greek Orthodox monastic libraries including those of Mount Athos, and descriptions of Greek pottery and archaeological excavations. The book remains a rich source for scholars from a wide range of more

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  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 13 b/w illus. 4 maps
  • 1139175807
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Preliminary Dissertation: the causes of the weakness and decline of the Turkish monarchy, and some remarks on the system of government pursued in the European and Asiatic provinces of the Empire, by the editor; 1. Note respecting the massacre of the Mamelukes by the Turks, in the year 1811; 2. Account of a journey through the district of Maina in the Morea, communicated by Mr. Morritt; 3. Remarks illustrating part of the preceding journal, from the papers of the late Dr Sibthorp; 4. Parnassus, and the neighbouring district, from the manuscripts of the late Dr Sibthorp; 5. Observations on natural history relating to parts of Greece, and the island of Cyprus, from the same; 6. Journey from Parium to the Troad. Ascent to the summit of Ida. The salt springs of Tousla. Ruins of Assos, from the journals of Dr Hunt; 7. Remarks respecting Attica, from the journals of the late Dr Sibthorp; 8. Letters from the late Professor Carlyle, during his residence in Turkey, to the Lord Bishop of Lincoln. Letters from the same, to the Lord Bishop of Durham; 9. Mount Athos. An account of the monastic institutions, and the libraries on the holy mountain, from the papers of Dr Hunt; 10. Additional remarks on the sepulchres of the European and Asiatic Greeks, by the editor; 11. Notice respecting Dr Sibthorp's journals, by the editor; 12. Medicinal and economical uses of the plants of Greece, from the papers of the late Dr Sibthorp; 13. Plants collected in Cyprus, by Dr Hume; 14. Birds, quadrupeds, and fishes of Greece and Cyprus, with their names in Romaic, from the papers of Dr Sibthorp; 15. On the various modes of fishing practised by the modern Greeks, by the editor; 16. Various extracts from Dr Sibthorp's journals; 17. On the olives and vines of Zante. On the corn cultivated in that island, and in parts of the ancient Boeotia. The produce of corn in some districts of Greece, from the papers of Dr Sibthorp, and from some remarks communicated by Mr Hawkins; 18. Journal through parts of Boeotia and Phocis, communicated by Mr Raikes; 19. Remarks relating to the military architecture of the Ancient Greeks, from the journals of the late Colonel Squire; 20. Antiquities of Athens. Explanation of the subject of the vases facing p.325 and p.327, and of the sigillarium, by the editor; 21. Excavations in the tombs of Attica; 22. The plain of Marathon, from the papers of the late Col. Squire; 23. Remarks on parts of the continent of Greece, from the same; 24. The Isthmus of Corinth, from the same; 25. Observations relating to some of the antiquities of Egypt, from the journals of the late Mr Davison; 26. The catacombs of Alexandria, by the editor; 27. Remarks on the manners and customs of the modern inhabitants of Egypt, from the journals of Dr Hume; 28. Journal of a voyage up the Nile into part of Nubia, in May 1814, by Captain Light; 29. On the mines of Laurium. Gold and silver coinage of the Athenians. Revenue of Attica, by the editor and the Earl of Aberdeen; 30. Remarks on two sculptured marbles brought from Amyclae, by the Earl of Aberdeen; 31. Illustration of various Greek inscriptions, by the editor; 32. On the topography of Athens, by Mr Hawkins; 33. On the long walls which connected Athens with the Piraeus; 34. The Vale of Tempe, by Mr Hawkins; 35. The Syrinx of Strabo, and the passage of the Euripus, by Mr Hawkins; 36. Panoramic views of Athens, illustrated by Mr Haygarth; 37. Remarks on the thesauri of the Greeks, by the editor; 38. Remarks on the Troad, contained in a letter from Mr Morritt to Dr Clarke; 39. Remarks on the architectural inscription brought from Athens, and now preserved in the British Museum, by Mr Wilkins; 40. References to Mr Foster's map of the Troad; 41. Remarks on the Demetrian system of the Troad, by the more