Travels and Adventures in Egypt; With Anecdotes of Mehemet Ali Volume 3

Travels and Adventures in Egypt; With Anecdotes of Mehemet Ali Volume 3

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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. 1847 edition. Excerpt: ... a rapidly boiled cup of tea, we spread our carpets upon the floor of our tents, and with our saddles for pillows, slept till the break of day as comfortably as upon beds of down. The ruins of Messaourat (each vowel in this word is distinctly pronounced), the outermost walls of which, according to Caillaud, measure 185 metres in breadth and 248 in length, are, according to my conviction, the remains of a royal country palace, provided with every necessary addition of houses, courts, stables, &c. to which two little exquisite temples, (quite in the style of our court chapels) were added, and to these, doubtless, surrounding gardens, in the picturesque fertile valley, were not wanting. All the buildings of Messaourat are, without exception of freestone, to which the neighbouring mountains added the most beautiful red sandstone. All is elegantly carved, and of the most massive character, but nowhere are to be seen either the colossal proportions, or the artistic finish of the old Egyptian monuments, and it would perhaps be as well beforehand to remark, that all the ruins we saw on this expedition, are of a similar character, but bearing great affinity to the remarkable remains at Dschebel-Barkal, and in some measure to those at Meroe, with, however, one very obvious difference; this consists in the mixture of the Greek, or rather Roman style, with the already quite corrupted Egyptian, which preponderates in all these buildings, in which the elegant rather than the sublime appears to be aimed at. I therefore regard them as more modern than the monuments of Dschebel-Barkal, and scarcely older than, or perhaps contemporary with, the last Ptolemies, if not with the latest Roman ages. The often trivial ornaments, the style of building, evidently taken...
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  • Paperback | 56 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 118g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236657950
  • 9781236657954