The sun was blazing down upon a city on the western shore of the Caspian. It was a primitive city, and yet its size and population rendered it worthy of the term. It consisted of a vast aggregation of buildings, which were for the most part mere huts. Among them rose, however, a few of more solid build and of higher pretensions. These were the ...Read MoreThe sun was blazing down upon a city on the western shore of the Caspian. It was a primitive city, and yet its size and population rendered it worthy of the term. It consisted of a vast aggregation of buildings, which were for the most part mere huts. Among them rose, however, a few of more solid build and of higher pretensions. These were the abodes of the chiefs and great men, the temples, and places of assembly. But although larger and more solidly built, these buildings could lay no claim to architectural beauty of any kind, but were little more than magnified huts, and even the king's palace was but a collection of such buildings closely adjoining each other. The town was surrounded by a lofty wall with battlements and loopholes, and a similar but higher wall girt in the dwellings of the king and of his principal captains. The streets were alive with the busy multitude; and it was evident that although in the arts of peace the nation had made but little progress, they had in every thing appertaining to war made great advances. Most of the men wore helmets closely fitting to the head and surmounted by a spike. These were for the most part composed of hammered brass, although some of the headpieces were made of tough hide studded with knobs of metal. All carried round shields-those of the soldiers, of leather stiffened with metal; those of the captains, of brass, worked with considerable elaboration.Read Less
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This is one of my favorite Henty books. It tells the story of Amuba, prince of the Rebu, who is carried a slave into Egypt. He becomes the servant of Ameres, the high priest of Osiris. He becomes a close friend of Chebron the son of Ameres. When Chebron accidentally kills the sacred cat of Bubastes, Amuba is blamed with Chebron. After many adventures, they escape to the land of the Rebu, where Amuba takes his rightful position as king.
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