Addresses, Political and Educational

Paperback | May 20, 2014

bySir John Lubbock, Sir John Lubbock

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... X. EGYPT. While at Constantinople, in the year 1871, we had the good fortune to meet His Excellency Nubar Pacha, then Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Khedive, who pressed us most hospitably to visit Egypt, promising to do all in his power to make our stay there profitable and pleasant,--an invitation far too tempting to be resisted. To him, and to the Khedive, our warm acknowledgments are due for their great kindness and hospitality, which enabled us to see the ancient monuments of Egypt to the greatest advantage. I do not, however, propose so much to give you a personal narrative, as to endeavour to bring before you, as far as possible, the present state of our knowledge as regards Ancient Egypt, and to give you some idea of the evidence upon which it rests. Interesting as it is from various points of view, the civilisation of Egypt is peculiarly so from its great antiquity. The early progress of Egypt is no doubt due to the physical condition of the country. The remark of the Egyptian priests to Herodotus that Egypt is the gift of the Nile, is as true, politically, as it is geographically. Not only has the river created the valley, and then filled it with deep rich soil, but it yearly covers the land with a fresh layer of fertile earth. The very dryness and barrenness of the hills by which the valley is bounded constitutes an advantage, since it has prevented them from ever becoming the strongholds of robber chiefs. But the current of the Nile is powerful, and under ordinary circumstances, it would be very difficult for boats to ascend the river. Its utility would, therefore, be greatly diminished, but for the fact that during a large part of the year there is a north wind so strong as to carry boats up the river. Thus, the Nile...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1879 edition. Excerpt: ... X. EGYPT. While at Constantinople, in the year 1871, we had the good fortune to meet His Excellency Nubar Pach...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:108 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.22 inPublished:May 20, 2014Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217165079

ISBN - 13:9780217165075

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