The Nile Boat Or, Glimpses of the Land of Egypt

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Arthur Hall, Virtue, and Company, 1849 - Egypt - 218 pages

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Page 80 - From the learned priests of Heliopolis Plato, who studied here several years, is believed to have derived the doctrine of the immortality of the soul, and of a future state of rewards and punishments. It has been mentioned in the description of Alexandria, that the seat of learning was transferred hence to that city, and that the obelisks of Cleopatra (so called) once ornamented the fallen city of Heliopolis.
Page 25 - I have taken," said Amrou to the caliph, "the great city of the West. It is impossible for me to enumerate the variety of its riches and beauty; and I shall content myself with observing, that it contains four thousand palaces, four thousand baths, four hundred theatres or places of amusement, twelve thousand shops for the sale of vegetable food, and forty thousand tributary Jews.
Page 88 - Thy form stupendous here the gods have placed, Sparing each spot of harvest-bearing land ; And with this mighty work of art have graced A rocky isle, encumber'd once with sand ; And near the Pyramids have bid thee stand : Not that fierce Sphinx that Thebes erewhile laid waste, But great Latona's servant mild and bland ; Watching that prince beloved who fills the throne Of Egypt's plains, and calls the Nile his own.
Page 190 - ... but, for this, the features and the hair, far more than the colour, are answerable. The second observation was, how entirely the idea of indelicacy, which would naturally belong to such figures as those now around us if they were white, is prevented by their being of a different colour from ourselves. So much are we children of association and habit, and so instinctively and immediately do our feelings adapt themselves to a total change of circumstances; it is the partial and inconsistent change...
Page 207 - Forty Days in the Desert on the Track of the ISRAELITES: or, a Journey from Cairo to Mount Sinai and Petra. By WH BABTLETT.
Page 5 - And I will set the Egyptians against the Egyptians; and they shall fight every one against his brother, and every one against his neighbour: city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.
Page 46 - ... cannot be devised than that which condemns the natives of a country to perpetual servitude, under the arbitrary dominion of strangers and slaves. Yet such has been the state of Egypt above five hundred years. The most illustrious sultans of the Baharite and Borgite dynasties, were themselves promoted from the Tartar and Circassian bands; and the four and twenty Beys, or military chiefs, have ever been succeeded, not by their sons, but by their servants.
Page 1 - Abraham and his countrymen were moving about in tents and waggons, the Egyptians were living in cities. They had already cultivated agriculture, and parcelled out their valley into farms : they reverenced a landmark as a god, while their neighbours knew of no property but herds and moveables. They had invented hieroglyphics, and improved them into syllabic writing, and almost into an alphabet. They had invented records, and wrote their kings' names and actions on the massive temples which they raised.
Page 70 - In the court is a well of slightly brackish water, which filters through the soil from the Nile; and on its most shaded side are commonly two water-jars, which are daily replenished with water of the Nile, brought from the river in skins.
Page 24 - From that time, like everything else which falls into the hands of the Mussulman, it has been going to ruin, and the discovery of the passage to India by the Cape of Good Hope gave the deathblow to its commercial greatness.

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