Travel and politics in Armenia

Paperback | May 20, 2014

byBaron Noel Noel-Buxton Noel-Buxton, Baron Noel Noel Noel-buxton

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I ARMENIA: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND. To the traveller in Armenia the most arresting things are the ruins of ancient palaces, fortresses, and monasteries; Ani, for instance, the ancient capital, with its many castles and its hundred and one churches. Something of them still remains to tell the tale of their past glories. For a long time Mount Ararat, assuming a more and more imposing character, is in sight. The Araxes, the symbol of the Armenian nation, is still the boundary. Other parts of the world can boast of even greater ruins, but the nations whose civilisation they typify have long since passed away, whereas the Armenian race still exists although stripped of its glory. Buried under heaps of earth, a pillar or dome, a house or wall, however dilapidated, yet remains to give a feeling of the past. Shakespeare must have meant Armenia when he said: 'Tongues in trees, books in the-running brooks, Sermons in stones...' 163 M 2 History tells us that all these bare hills and plains were once covered with forest, and that a rich cultivation formerly existed here. The Greek and Roman historians describe Armenia as a flourishing and prosperous land, so productive that it supplied other nations with corn, wine, butter, and other commodities. From the nature of the country, it was possible to carry on extensive stock-rearing. The slopes of the mountains afforded rich pasture for cattle and horses, of breeds which had a high reputation among the ancients. The Tigris and the Euphrates formed excellent lines of communication with Mesopotamia and the Persian Gulf. The greater part of the Indian trade passed through Armenia to Pontus. With the exception of Tigranes the Great, Armenia can boast of no famous conquerors, like Xerxes and Alexander;...

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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. 1914 edition. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER I ARMENIA: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND. To the traveller in Armenia the most arresting things are the ruins ...

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

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ISBN - 10:0217647073

ISBN - 13:9780217647076

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