Nineveh and Its Remains: With an Account of a Visit to the Chaldĉan Christians of Kurdistan, and the Yezidis, Or Devil-worshippers; and an Inquiry Into the Manners and Arts of the Ancient Assyrians, Volume 1
G. P. Putnam, 1849 - 373 pages
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already amongst ancient appeared Arabs arms Assyrian attendants authority bas-reliefs body bricks brought building built bull called carried centre Chaldĉans chamber character chariot chief Christian church completely containing continued covered crossed described destroyed discovered district early East entered entrance eunuch evident excavations facing feet followed formed fragments frequently give hand head holding horses houses inhabitants inscription king Kurdish Kurds less lions lower Mosul mound mountains nature Nestorian night Nimroud object once origin palace party Pasha passed Patriarch Persian plain present priests principal probably raised reached received remains removed represented rest returned river rocks rode round ruins sacred scarcely sculptures sent Sheikh sides similar slabs soon standing stones taken tents tion Tiyari tomb trees trenches tribe upper usual valley village walls warriors whilst whole winged figures women Yezidis
Page 219 - And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the quick and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end.
Page 70 - Hasten, O Bey," exclaimed one of them—" hasten to the diggers, for they have found Nimrod himself. Wallah, it is wonderful, but it is true ! we have seen him with our eyes. There is no God but God ;" and both joining in this pious exclamation, they galloped off, without further words, in the direction of their tents.
Page 77 - And he will stretch out his hand against the north, and destroy Assyria; and will make Nineveh a desolation, and dry like a wilderness. And flocks shall lie down in the midst of her, all the beasts of the nations: both the cormorant and the bittern shall lodge in the upper lintels of it; their voice shall sing in the windows; desolation shall be in the thresholds: for he shall uncover the cedar work.
Page 76 - I used to contemplate for hours these mysterious emblems, and muse over their intent and history. What more noble forms could have ushered the people into the temple of their gods? What more sublime images could have been borrowed from nature by men who sought, unaided by the light of revealed religion, to embody their conception of the wisdom, power, and ubiquity of a Supreme Being? They could find no better type of intellect and knowledge than the head of the man; of strength, than the body of...
Page 79 - I will buy with you, sell with you, talk with you, walk with you, and so folldwing, but I will not eat with you, drink with you, nor pray with you.
Page 73 - Whilst I was superintending the removal of the earth, which still clung to the sculpture, and giving directions for the continuation of the work, a noise of horsemen was heard, and presently Abd-ur-rahman, followed by half his tribe, appeared on the edge of the trench.
Page 76 - Behold, the Assyrian was a cedar in Lebanon with fair branches, and with a shadowing shroud, and of an high stature; and his top was among the thick boughs.
Page 74 - I returned to the village and celebrated the day's discovery by a slaughter of sheep, of which all the Arabs near partook. As some wandering musicians chanced to be at Selamiyah, I sent for them, and dances were kept up during the greater part of the night. On the following morning Arabs from the other side of the Tigris, and the inhabitants of the surrounding villages congregated on the mound. Even the women could not repress their curiosity, and came in crowds, with their children, from afar. My...