The five great monarchies of the ancient eastern...

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Author  George Rawlinson
Publisher  RareBooksClub.com
Publication Date   March 6, 2012
ISBN  1130289583
Pages  224

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1871 Excerpt: ...of physical conformation, which is as great as possible, the broad mountainous plains about Kasvin, Koum, and Kashan, divided from each other by low rocky ridges, offering the strongest conceivable contrast to the perpetual alternations of mountain and valley, precipitous height and deep wooded glen, which compose the greater part of the Zagros regioa The climate of Azerbijan is temperate and pleasant, though perhaps somewhat over warm,1 in summer; while in winter it is bitterly severe, colder than that of almost any other region in the same latitude.8 This extreme rigour seems to be mainly owing to elevation, the very valleys and valley plains of the tract being at a height of from 4000 to 5000 feet above the sea 1 Moricr complains of the "oppres-Borotia, Corfu, Southern Italy, Sardinia, sive heat of the low countries" in Azer-I Southern Spain, the Azores,Washington, bijanduringthesummer(.SVconyoKi-»t,y, I and San Francisco. It is also that of p. 295). He found the thermometer rise I Balkh, Yarkand, and Diarbekr. These to 99J degrees at Miana early in June. last-named places, and some others in Ibid. p. 208.) the same latitude in Tartary and China,-, The latitude of Azerbijan is that of I are perhaps as cold. level. Frost commonly sets in towards the end of November, or at latest early in December; snow soon covers the ground to the depth of several feet; the thermometer falls below zero; the sun shines brightly except when from time to time fresh deposits of snow occur; but a keen and strong wind usually prevails, which is represented as "cutting like a sword,"3 and being a very "assassin of life."4 Deaths from cold are of daily occurrence;5 and it is impossible to travel without the greatest risk. Whole companies or car...

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