Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Vol. 2: Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land, Section 1 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from Travels in Various Countries of Europe, Asia, and Africa, Vol. 2: Greece, Egypt, and the Holy Land, Section 1

Sn the author published the first Volume of these Travels, he proposed to divide the work into three per tions. The observations made in Greece, Syria, and Egypt, were reserved for the second part; whether cona sisting of One volume, or of more than one. This plan is still pursued; but from the very per lexed state of the geography of the country alluded to the word Syria the less exes tionable appellation of itiwsttns was not stituted, in he second e ltion for that of Syria. The same perplexity has again induced the author to alter what he had thus written, and to consider the present pub licetion ss contalnln observations made in Greece, Egflt, and the Holy and. To several names of Saris, Palestine, theholy Land, the Land of Canaan, the act of Judas, and the Land of Promise, have been used indiscriminately with reference to a particular territory, or separate]! Applied to difl'erent parts of it. Neither ancient nor mo ern geographers are agreed as to the precise limits intendedby either of these a pellations. According to some authors, Syria, Phos n co, and Palestine. Were three distinct regions. Others include, within the Syrian frontier, not only Phoenice and Palmstine, but also Mesopotamia. Strabo describes Syria 'as comprehending all the country from Mount Amanus and the river Euphrates to Arabia and to Egypt.(a) The word Palaestine occurs only once, incidentally, in all his writings.( b) Yet the name was in use above four.

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