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By Terry Crowdy

This ebook concentrates at the dramatic reports of Napoleon's military of the Orient in Egypt and the Holy Land. The combating of the Mamelukes and Turks are coated intensive, detailing barren region wrestle, siege battle, cavalry skirmishes and the suppression of uprisings. It examines the French therapy of prisoners in addition to the destiny of captured Frenchmen, and describes taking care of the wounded, outbreaks of bubonic plague, and the negative retreat from Acre in 1799, in money owed by means of the lads who have been there. The reviews of infantry, cavalry and sea squaddies of Napoleon's military of the Orient are introduced vividly again to existence.

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Wheel tracks of the ancient carts—measuring approximately 3 meters across—are still visible in some places along this route. As it approaches Wadi Belih, the road bends to the southwest and passes within a kilometer of the small Roman fort of Wadi Belih. Then it turns west, heading past the Badia station, and continues over the watershed pass to Wadi Qattar and beyond, eventually reaching the Nile at Qena. THE FORT AT WADI BELIH Prior to arriving at the Badia fort from the east, one encounters the much-ruined station at Wadi Belih (see map 2).

7 Large cairns alongside the ramp leading to Lycabettos quarry. 15 While this explanation o=ers a logical use for the cairns as safety devices, it does not adequately explain how the heavy blocks themselves were controlled as they were being lowered from one set of cairns to the next. In some places the incline of the ramps is fairly gentle, but in other places it is so steep that it would have been impossible for men holding the sled to control it as it descended the ramp. Perhaps the cairns served both as emergency brakes for the sleds and as anchor points for ropes used to ease the sleds down the ramp.

In reality, this transition was unfortunate because porphyry’s speckled surface renders it unattractive for human Qgures. The famous porphyry statue of Diocletian, Maximian (his coemperor), and their lieutenant caesars, which the crusaders looted from Byzantium in 1204 and which now stands at the corner of St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, is an example of the stern, impersonal style to which porphyry lent itself. A pair of magniQcent sarcophagi in the Vatican Museum, however, are outstanding specimens of just how beautiful well-crafted porphyry can be.

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