Travels in the Ionian Isles, Albania, Thessaly, Macedonia, &c. During the Years 1812 and 1813

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Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815 - 551 pages

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Page 125 - Turks, and his general appearance does not indicate more than his actual age, of sixty or sixty-one years, except, perhaps, that his beard is whiter than is customary at this time of life. The neck is short and thick, the figure corpulent and unwieldy ; his stature I had afterwards the means of ascertaining to be about five feet nine inches. The general character and expression of the countenance are unquestionably fine, and the forehead especially is a very striking feature.
Page 406 - Propylea, the temple of Minerva, Polias, &c. are individually the most striking of the objects occurring here ; yet it may perhaps be added that they have been less interesting singly, than in their combined relation to that wonderful grouping together of nature and art, which gives its...
Page 158 - A broad gallery passes along two sides of the area, open in front, and shaded overhead by the roof of the building. To this gallery you ascend by a flight of stairs, the doors of which conduct to the different living rooms of the house, all going from it. In this country, it is uncommon, except with the lower classes, to live upon the ground-floor, which is therefore generally occupied as out-buildings, the first floor being that always inhabited by the family.
Page 180 - The most frequent topics introduced by the vizier in conversation were those relating to general politics ; and in these it was evident that he was more interested than in any other. The conversation was usually carried on by question and reply ; and his inquiries, though often showing the characteristic ignorance of the Turks in matters of common knowledge, yet often also were pertinent and well conceived, and made up by acuteness what they wanted of instruction.
Page 148 - The active spirit of the Greeks, deprived in great measure of political or national objects, has taken a general direction towards commerce. But, fettered in this respect also, by their condition on the continent of Greece, they emigrate in' considerable numbers to the adjacent countries, where their activity can have more scope.
Page 118 - ... personal qualities in that individual. Quick thought, singular acuteness of observation, a conjunction of vigour and firmness in action, and much personal resolution are connected with an uncommon faculty of artifice, an implacable spirit of revenge, and the utter disregard of every principle interfering with that active movement of ambition, which is the main spring and master-feeling of his mind.
Page 179 - Hiť attitude was also .very uniform, according to the Turkish habit. I seldom saw him rise from his couch, though once he did so, while explaining to me the decline of his bodily powers, striding firmly at the same time across the chamber, as if to show that still much of energy was left. His manner of reception was always polite and dignified. There was evidently more form intended when many persons were present ; and his manner became easy and familiar when we were alone.
Page 192 - ... villages on the plain of Arta. Truth compels the addition of other features of less pleasing kind ; and to the general picture of eastern despotism must be annexed some traits peculiar to the man. The most striking of these are, a habit of perpetual artifice, shewn in every circumstance of his life ; and a degree of vindictive feeling, producing actsofthe most unqualified ferocity.
Page 234 - ... plane of elevation as the perpendicular faces of the rock. " The number of monasteries at Meteora is said to have been formerly...

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