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t 6 inches in a century at Elephanta. The land at that point has been raised 9 feet in 1,700 years; at Thebes about 7 feet, and less toward the Delta, where the periodical rise is about 4 feet. Many of the sites of antiquity are buried beneath the surface, and some of the ancient buildings yet remaining, which were originally placed outside of the cultivatable land, are now surrounded by arable tracts. The cause of the inundation is the water that falls in Abyssinia in the rainy season. Homer and the Koran are right in ascribing it to water sent by God from heaven. Calisthenes, the pupil of Aristotle, and afterward Agatharcides of Cnidus (2d century B. C.), and Strabo, ascribed it to the same true source, — the rainy season in Ethiopia. The rainy season in Ethiopia commences (Kenrick) about the spring equinox and prevails till after the summer solstice. The Upper Nile of course first feels the rise; at Khartoom early in May; at the Cataracts about the first of June. It
-boat over the oyster-beds. It is then hauled up by tackle and drawn on board over a roller on the gunwale of the boat. A stout bag is fastened to trail behind the bow of the drag and catch the oysters upturned by the rake. See also dredge. In olden times, the edible oyster was dived for, as the pearl-oysters now are. Oysters lie at the bottom of the sea, and one cannot get at them by any other means, except by diving to the bottom. — ATHENAeUS; Epit., B. I. 22. He also quotes Homer as saying, — An active man is he, and dives with ease (Iliad, XVI. 745), in reference to a man who gathered them fast enough to keep several persons supplied. Epicharmus, in the Marriage of Hebe, says: — Bring oysters with closed shells, Which are very difficult to open, but very easy to eat. The pearl-oyster of the Indian Ocean is mentioned by Theophrastus and Athenaeus, who speak of it as a precious stone resembling a large fish's eye, and that expensive necklaces are
istotle and Alexander, was probably the Egyptian name of the reed with a Greek termination. It was also called biblos by Homer and Herodotus, whence our term bible. The term volumen, a scroll, indicates the early form of a book of bark, papyrus, skequently inscribed on these scapuloe, probably trimmed for the purpose. The Alexandrian Library contained the works of Homer written in golden letters on the skins of animals; and the Iliad and Odyssey, written in golden letters on the entrails ods, etc. Homer, Iliad, XIII. 5. Egyptian pottery (from Beni Hassan). The pottery of Samos was famous in the time of Homer Vases of many beautiful shapes, with single and double handles and very gorgeously colored, are shown in the magnificee Greek alphabet and printed a Greek book, 1476. Aldus introduced italics, 1476. The Pentateuch in Hebrew, 1482. Homer in folio, by Demetrius of Florence, 1488. The Complutensian Polyglot of Cardinal Ximenes, in 1517. The exact confor
rowing the discus having been a favorite sport with the ancient Greeks, and in some form appears to have existed from time immemorial, among even the most uncivilized nations. The ancient quoit was a heavy circular mass of iron, sometimes perforated in the middle; and the effort was not one of skill, to throw it as nearly as possible to the mark, now called the hob, but to throw it to the greatest possible distance, as in the modern Scotch games of putting the stone or hurling the hammer. Homer mentions the throwing of the du/skos among the sports at the funeral games of Patroclus (Iliad, II., XXIII. See also Odyssey, VIII., XVII.). Sometimes a thong was passed around it to form a handle; in the Cabinet des Antiquites of Paris is preserved a discus with hole for the thumb and fingers. Pindar celebrates the skill of Castor and Iolaus in this exercise. In the British Museum is the famous statue of the discobolus in the act of throwing the discus. Quoit-pitching was a favorite past
Palestine were open and well traveled, as the Israelites well knew and felt. Homer describes the sun-dial, 950 B. C. The dial was introduced in Athens by Metonn Beth-haccerem; for evil appeareth out of the north, and great destruction. Homer, some 400 years before, had compared the aureola which surrounded the head of Aor carried in front of the person. The ancient Greek shield, as described by Homer, was long enough to cover the man from the face to the knee. This was exceededrs; boots; buskins, etc., etc. The material was of tanned or tawed skins. Homer, Ovid, and Pliny agree in celebrating the skill of Tychius, the Boeotian, in thoned by Vitruvius. Soldering was apparently unknown in Greece in the time of Homer. Hammered plates, such as armor, were united by mechanical fastenings,—nails, ians, and Hindus, in the time of Abraham, and also to the Greeks in the time of Homer. Spinning-spindle. In Fig. 5398, the helical oil-elevating groove is cut
that of a trombone. Wilkinson states that the drum and trumpet frequently occur in the battle-scenes of Thebes. The trumpeters are represented standing still, summoning the troops to form, or in the act of charging with the troops. Fig. 6683. The people of Busiris and Lycopolis. In Egypt, says Plutarch, objected to the trumpet, considering that its sound resembled the braying of an ass and reminded them of the evil genius. The trumpet was known in Egypt before the siege of Troy. Homer seldom mentions it, but speaks frequently of the flute, lyre, and pipe. They were in common use among the Israelites, and were employed in the ceremonials at the new moon and other sacred occasions They are mentioned in the Book of Job. The Israelites probably derived the use of them from their Egyptian associations, as they had but little use for them when they went down into Egypt as a nation of shepherds, 1706 B. C. They appear to have been carried by the officer in command of what we
hara, a clavicembalo or clavicetherium respectively, l and k, of Plate XL. The Hindus claim to have invented the violin-bow, their ravanastron or ancient violin being cited in ancient Sanscrit writings. In the Edda we read of the intestines of a cat being made into a cord for Lok, the evil one of the Scandinavian myths. The lyre-strings, said to have been invented by Lynus as a substitute for thongs of leather or twisted strings of flax, were made of sheep's intestines, oiwn xordas of Homer. Catgut is the nerviclus of the Middle Ages. A representation of the Anglo-Saxon fithele is given in a Ms. of the eleventh century in the British Museum. (Cotton, Tiberius, c. 6.) The instrument is pear-shaped, had four strings, and has no apparent bridge. A German fiddle of the ninth century is also shown, copied by Gerbert from the Ms. of St. Blasius; it has only one string. German fiddles of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries are also shown. The Nibelungenlied Volker is descri
ches), and the work of the wheels was like the work of a chariot-wheel; their axle-trees, and their naves, and their fellies, and their spokes were all molten (bronze). (1 Kings VII. 32, 33.) The references to wheels in the Bible are frequent. Homer mentions wheels with eight spokes. The ancient Egyptian wheels had usually, perhaps always, either four or six. Homer also mentions, as constituting a wheel, the wooden fellies, the spokes, the nave, and the metallic hoop or tire. Machine foHomer also mentions, as constituting a wheel, the wooden fellies, the spokes, the nave, and the metallic hoop or tire. Machine for hulling and scouring wheat. The Egyptian monuments also show all these, besides the linch-pin that holds the wheel on the axle, and the metallic bands that strengthened the connection of the spokes and fellies. The wheels were not over two to three feet high. See cart; chariot. In the Abbott collection of Egyptian antiquities, now in the possession of the Historical Society of New York City, are a wheel and tire and other portions of a chariot, found in a mummy-pit near Dashour.
rt, spent either among his books — in close communion with the liberty-loving John Milton, with Nature's darling child William Shakspeare, with that glorious Florentine, the God-gifted Dante, with the genial, quick-eyed Horace, with the blind old Homer, and other grand classical authors, from whom he drew fresh inspiration for the conduct of his life — in writing lectures for literary associations, or in the consideration of the commanding civil and political questions of the day. Occasionally the argument he said, in reference to the distinction between the Ethiopian and Caucasian races: Each has received from the hand of God certain characteristics of color and form. The two may not readily intermingle; although we are told by Homer that Jupiter Did not disdain to grace The feast of Ethiopia's blameless race. One may be uninteresting or offensive to the other, precisely as different individuals of the same race and color may be uninteresting or offensive to each other; b
of slavery. In speaking of the influence of the slave-system on the characters of the slave-masters he said,-- Barbarous standards of conduct are unblushingly avowed. The swagger of a bully is called chivalry; a swiftness to quarrel is called courage; the bludgeon is adopted as the substitute for argument; and assassination is lifted to be one of the fine arts. Long ago it was fixed certain that the day which made man a slave took half his worth away, --words from the ancient harp of Homer, resounding through long generations. Nothing here is said of the human being at the other end of the chain. To aver that on this same day all his worth is taken away, might seem inconsistent with exceptions which we gladly recognize; but, alas! it is too clear, both from reason and from evidence, that, bad as slavery is for the slave, it is worse for the master. In confirmation of this point, he adds these words, which Col. Mason, a slave-master from Virginia, used in debate on the a
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