Travels in Mesopotamia: Volume 1

Travels in Mesopotamia: Volume 1 : With Researches on the Ruins of Nineveh, Babylon, and Other Ancient Cities

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Cornish-born writer, traveller and controversialist James Silk Buckingham (1786-1855) spent much of his early life as a sailor in the Atlantic and the Mediterranean and went on to publish accounts of his extensive travels to India, Palestine and Persia. His criticisms of the East India Company and the Bengal government led to his expulsion from India in 1823. In the 1830s he became a Member of Parliament and campaigned for social reforms and for the promotion of the temperance movement. He founded several journals, including the periodical The Athenaeum, covering a wide range of topics from literature to popular science. This illustrated two-volume work, published in 1827, recounts Buckingham's journey through Mesopotamia, giving descriptions of its ancient sites and opinions of its modern inhabitants. In Volume 1, Buckingham recounts in great detail his journey from the historic city, Aleppo in Syria to Sinjar (now in north-western Iraq).show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • 13 b/w illus. 1 map
  • 1139162438
  • 9781139162432

Table of contents

Preface; 1. Journey from Aleppo to the banks of the Euphrates; 2. Passage of the River Euphrates, at Beer; 3. From Beer, across the Plains of the Turcomans, to Orfah; 4. Entry of the caravan into the city of Orfah; 5. History and description of Orfah - the Edessa of the Greeks, and the Ur of the Chaldees; 6. Further detention at Orfah: interior of the city, gardens, and entertainments; 7. From Orfah to the Encampment of El Mazar; 8. From the Arab camp et El Mazar, to Mardin; 9. Entry into, and stay at, Mardin; 10. Journey from Mardin to Diarbekr; 11. Description of Diarbekr; 12. From Diarbekr to Mardin, Dara, and Nisibis; 13. From Nisibeen, across the Plain of more