Nineveh; A Review of Its Ancient History and Modern Explorers

Nineveh; A Review of Its Ancient History and Modern Explorers

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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. 1854* edition. Excerpt: ...the Mussulmans also regard it as an object of their ziaret, or pilgrimage. In fact their women, frequenting the place, often disputed the right of M. Schulz to remove from the characters the little bits of rag they stuff into them as votive offerings, but which prevented his copying the inscriptions. The local traditions affirm this grotto to be the deposit of great treasures; and say that under-ground, directly beneath the Khazane Kapoussi, or, gate of the treasure, is a large iron grating, closing the entrance of a vaat chamber, full of gold and diamonds. Two men with flaming swords keep such careful guard that no one can approach it; and every night a large serpent comes to sleep before the inscription, and retires at daybreak into a hole of the rock, on the right of the grotto. Many times the natives sought to confound the traveller's incredulity by showing the track of the serpent; but he had often been there before sunrise without seeing either serpent or flaming swords. Beyond this is a grotto containing an inscription thrice repeated. The third, nearly effaced, displays characters an inch larger than those of the Kharkhor; but it is difficult to discover how this part of the rock could have been cut, from its extreme hardness and very brittle nature. A vast cavern north of the castle is the last monument of this part. It is cut in the rock so as not to be visible from below; and is of an oblong form; seventy feet long, fifteen broad, and nearly eight high. The walls and floor are smooth and unsculptured, save an inscription of seventeen lines near the entrance. From the strong echo, there must be concealed hollows or vaults under the masa of stones that encumber the floor. There were no ancient relics, save some niches like the three...
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  • Paperback | 66 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236662598
  • 9781236662590