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Title: The thrones and palaces of Babylon and Ninevah from sea to sea; a thousand miles on horseback ..
Year: 1876 (1870s)
Authors: Newman, John Philip, 1826-1899
Subjects: Babylonia -- Description and travel Iraq -- Description and travel
Publisher: New York, Harper & brothers
Contributing Library: Princeton Theological Seminary Library
Digitizing Sponsor: MSN


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ed the path which he now declined to pursue. Butour anxiety was allayed, and our fears forgotten, by theprospect before us. Like the api^roach to the pyramidsof Egypt, the approach to the Tower of Babel is intense-ly exciting. Rising suddenly out of the desert plain, ariven, fragmentary, blasted pile, and standing out againstthe sky, without another prominent object near to re-lieve the view, its solitary appearance was strangely ira- BABYLON AND NINEVEH. 153 pressive. Nor did distance lend enchantment to the view.The nearer the approach, the more impressive the sight.Such was the enchanting power of the vision, that theeye was transfixed, and the spell of history was uponthe soul. Before us was the oldest historic monumentknown to man. Its form assumed a new outline witheach curve in our devious path. Now it resembled a fall-en pyramid with a portion of a tower remaining on thesummit; now it appeared like a truncated cone, abrupt-ly broken by some Titans power ; anon, it loomed uj) a

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TOWER OP BABEL. vast mass of shapeless ruins, as when, by some mightyconvulsion of nature, temples are thrown on temples, andtowers are piled on towers. We had seen nothing likeit on all the plains of Babylon. In two hours we had reached its base, and immediate-ly ascended to its summit. Its sides are rent, and itscrest is broken. Two thousand three hundred feet incircumference, the great mound is two hundred and fiftyfeet hio;h.* Its summit is covered with immense fras;. * In the Remains of Lost Empires, and in the Assyrian Discoveries,it is given as 150 feet. But Rich, Layard, and Buckingham make it 250 feet. 154 THRONES AND PALACES OF ments of brick-work, and solid, vitrified masses of brickand mortar. Some of these masses resemble hiinje blackrocks, fifty feet in circumference, thrown together in theutmost confusion ; but, upon a closer inspection, they ap-peared to be, what they really are, portions of great walls,in which the brick and mortar are still visible, but bear-ing the


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Date: 2014-07-29 16:39:23
bookid:thronespalacesof00newm bookyear:1876 bookdecade:1870 bookcentury:1800 bookauthor:Newman__John_Philip__1826_1899 booksubject:Babylonia____Description_and_travel booksubject:Iraq____Description_and_travel bookpublisher:New_York__Harper___brothers bookcontributor:Princeton_Theological_Seminary_Library booksponsor:MSN bookleafnumber:157 bookcollection:Princeton bookcollection:americana

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