The Woodleigh Stories; Or, Tales for Sunday Reading

The Woodleigh Stories; Or, Tales for Sunday Reading

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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. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...Nineveh; or, as some have thought, of the guardian Deities of the land. The intervening spaces were adorned, sometimes with representations of battles, hunting scenes, religious rites, and other public solemnities--sometimes with enamelled bricks of various colours, worked into bright and fantastic patterns. On the top of these walls were raised pillars of wood, surmounted by entablatures, --forming clerestories, through which light was admitted, shaded by curtains and carved woodwork, into the interior of the chambers. In some places the superstructure rose to the height of several stories, from the summit of which a view might be obtained of the river Tigris, and the rich tracts of level land which stretched away in all directions. The temples were very similar, and not less magni. ficent in their construction. The stone walls, with which the sun-dried bricks of the country were overlaid, and the bricks themselves, wherever they were exposed to view, were covered with bas-reliefs and emblems, representing the traditional achievements of the Deity, to whom the shrine was consecrated, or the sacrificial rites with which he in particular was honoured. The sculptures exhibited on the propylam of one of the largest of these, showed that it was dedicated to some marine God. Over the entrance-gate appeared the figure of a huge fish, with the legs and head of a man, rising out of the sea, while a crowd of spectators on the shore fled in terror before it. In other parts of the building the same monster was exhibited under a great variety of aspects: sometimes peacefully conducting navies on their voyage; sometimes lashing the waves into fury, and causing them to engulf the shipwrecked sailors. In other places it was represented as being carried on more

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  • Paperback | 104 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 200g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236621638
  • 9781236621634